Council to consider new homes for older people in partnership with Unity Housing

Council chiefs will consider selling off a dated sheltered housing development to allow for a possible new affordable housing scheme for older people.

At a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on Wednesday 7 November, councillors will be recommended to dispose of the site at Stratford Court to Unity Housing Association to allow for a new development of 30, two bedroom flats for the over 55s.

At present, Stratford Court Sheltered Housing Scheme is a 12 unit block for older tenants located in the centre of Chapel Allerton. It consists of five one-bedroom flats and seven bedsits. The scheme was built in the 1960s and is now dated with some of the accommodation offering shared bathing facilities.

As part of looking at the future of the site, three options were considered – one to decant the existing tenants and refurbish the site at a cost of £500 thousand to the council, dispose of the scheme on the open market, but this would mean losing the sheltered accommodation units or transfer the site to Unity Association to let them build new modern units.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board for development and the economy said;

“This is a good example of how we can bring more affordable homes into the city by working with partners to provide modernised accommodation for our residents.

“We have worked with Unity on similar projects in the past, and this is great opportunity for us to add more quality homes for the over 55s to the city. "

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“This site has become dated and it is important that we look at how we can bring it up to a much more reasonable standard of housing.

“Our main concern will be the comfort and well being of our residents who are currently living at the site, and we will be looking at how best to rehouse them with the least amount of hassle should this scheme be agreed at executive board.”


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