Leeds affordable homes get the thumbs up
More families in Leeds will get the chance to access affordable housing following successful bids for over £8 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme.
With Leeds City Council investing over £40 million resources into the 12 schemes, they will deliver over 300 new build properties and an empty homes programme which will also return 100 properties to use.
With bids for almost 500 other properties from other providers in the city still being considered in coming days, there are positive signs that significant amounts of extra affordable housing for the city will be available soon.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and the economy, said:
“The quality of our bid for this funding is shown in our success – we have received the biggest allocation out of all the core cities – and this additional funding will help meet the cost of developments that will make a real difference to Leeds.
“This is about affordable housing. We have a lot to do to meet need but this announcement is really good news for our city. We don’t only need job opportunities in Leeds, but we need the right kind of housing in the right places and this funding will allow us to continue to work towards this.”
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:
“Our plans to get excellent quality affordable housing for Leeds are making good progress. The HCA funding will buttress our own significant investment and help us move towards getting the homes we need in the city. This helps us realise our ambition of creating the largest number of new Council homes in Leeds in a generation.
“In Leeds we have been clear that any homes we build will have high quality design, space standards and energy efficiency.
“We are focussed on meeting the challenge Leeds faces, which is to provide enough high quality, accessible and affordable homes to meet the city’s growing population.”
Leeds City Council will receive an initial £8,612,000 from the HCA for both general needs housing, and other types of specialist housing, for example, supported housing.
Notes for editors:
Details of the HCA affordable homes programme can be found at: https://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/ourwork/affordable-homes-programme-2015-18
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