A stone-laying ceremony was held at a former ironworks in Halifax, West Yorkshire, to mark the construction of a new housing development.
Yorkshire Housing is building 46 new “affordable” homes for rent and shared ownership at its £7.1 million Titan Works scheme.
Calderdale councillors and representatives of Homes England joined the housing provider at the site on Claremount Road for the stone-laying ceremony.
Councillors Stephen Baines MBE and Peter Caffrey, who both represent the Northowram and Shelf ward, were joined by the authority’s housing enabling and projects manager, Richard Armitage.
Completing the guests list were Richard Panter, Shelia Rush, and Dilys Jones from Homes England. Together, they then laid stones to form part of the front exterior of a property facing onto Claremount Road.
“Titan Works will provide quality and affordable homes to the local area and this event gave us an opportunity to highlight our latest development and how this will make a positive impact in the area,” said Andy Gamble, Yorkshire Housing’s director of development.
The industrial works in Boothstown near the town centre, where the scheme is situated, closed down more than 10 year ago. Now Yorkshire Housing is working with regeneration specialist ENGIE to deliver the Titan Works development.
The scheme will be a mix of 14 two-bedroom and 32 three-bedroom homes. There will also be 28 properties, including all the two-bedroom dwellings, that will be for “affordable” rent.
A further 18 homes will be made available for shared ownership, which allows a buyer to purchase between 35% and 75% of a property and pay rent on the rest.
“We are really pleased to be supporting this new housing development,” said Councillor Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources.
“Increasing the number of affordable homes in Calderdale is a priority for the council. The scheme will bring more choice for local families and help towards our target of building 193 new affordable homes per year.
“The transformation of the unused site is another example of the fantastic regeneration that’s happening across the borough, helping to make it a place where people want to live and invest.”
Gamble added: “Titan Works is one of several Yorkshire Housing developments that will contribute to our growth strategy to build a total of 6,120 new homes across Yorkshire by 2026. It’s no secret that the region is desperate need of new social and affordable rented homes as well as affordable home ownership options.”