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2014
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First flexible new council homes delivered at new Richmond Hill development


At a turf cutting ceremony at East Park Road, Leeds City Council will highlight opportunities for affordable homes for people who want to live in a property which matches their and their families’ needs.



East Park Road, is the first site to be developed under Leeds City Council’s ambitious “Council Housing Growth Programme”. It will deliver 32 one and two bed apartments which can be rented by applicants on the Leeds Homes Register.



Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel said:



“We know there are two key drivers which mean provision of single bed properties is vital: the housing needs of older people and the adverse impacts of the government’s welfare reforms. That’s why I’m delighted we are now making real progress with these properties, where development of flexible one bed apartments on the footprint of a two bed apartment means they can be converted to a two bed should there be a future need. They reflect the proposals we will be introducing with our Leeds Housing Standard. These new homes will be managed by Housing Leeds.”



The scheme’s design principles mean:

• Measures such as increased insulation and triple glazed windows will reduce heating and running costs for tenants.

• Overdevelopment is prevented.

• Delivering a scheme which has a positive impact on the existing neighbourhood.

• Providing open spaces which are low maintenance but attractive and useable.

• An emphasis on good quality materials which also represent value for money.

• Use of open plan living and dining areas to create spacious and well lit units.

• Ensuring there is an area internally where a lift could be fitted in the future to meet the changing abilities of residents.



Councillor Gruen added:



“The council will aim to make sure we create balanced, mixed communities in these new developments and are making sure local ward members have a say in local lettings policies. We’re also ensuring employment and training opportunities are provided during the construction programme.”



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Notes for editors:



Geo Houlton and Sons Ltd as the appointed contractor will be arranging a turf cutting ceremony on the site to celebrate the beginning of construction works. The ceremony will be taking place on:



Wednesday 17th September at 10am, on the site at East Park Road, Burmantofts

(At the Junction of East Park Road and Charlton Grove)



Please further information, please contact:



Phil Morcom


Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council

4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR



Mobile: 07891 276270

Tel: 0113 224 3602

Fax: 0113 247 4736

www.leeds.gov.uk