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Council leads the way in provision of new housing


Leeds City Council is leading the way in stimulating housing growth in the city.



The council is taking a lead role in developing growth and jobs through using new financial freedoms to fund a programme of development of new council homes.



Earlier this year the executive board approved a proposal to use £9.5m of Housing Revenue Account funding for the development of new council homes over a three year programme.



A site search has already been undertaken which has resulted in a shortlist of potential sites which will be considered for the first phase of development. Once built the new homes will be let to people from the Leeds Homes Register.



At a meeting of the executive board in the New Year (9 January 2013), members will be asked to approve proposals to progress the project towards final selection of sites with the aim of starting on site later in 2013.



Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for Development and the Economy:



“Through the Commission for Local Government we identified a number of challenges which local government is facing, one of which is housing need. The council is taking a lead role in tackling this challenge head on and this innovative project continues the action we have already taken.



“We know we need more homes in the city and this project is a positive step in the right direction. However, we are aware that many more homes are required but we have to work with the resources we have. Because of this, we are making sure that those areas most in need are being addressed as a priority. We are also continuing to work with partners to ensure the delivery of suitable affordable housing in the city.”





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For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk