Construction work to provide new council homes in Bramley is well underway.
With the former Lord Cardigan pub demolished in 2012 as part of the council’s derelict and nuisance property programme, the site is being transformed with eight new two-bedroom homes.
Local developers RDF Building Services have created a hive of activity, delivering works to the pre-agreed programme and costs.
They are ready to complete the roof on the first row of three townhouses while groundworks and foundations for the second row of five homes are complete.
The council agreed to buy the properties from the developer last year to help meet local housing needs.
The homes will provide spacious accommodation, making the most of layout, energy efficiency and quality design.
Residents will also benefit from their own generous back gardens and allocated off-street parking.
As well as building its own council homes, purchasing houses from developers is part of the council’s plans to help provide around 1,000 new council houses, particularly in areas where there is high demand.
Executive member for communities, Councillor Debra Coupar said:
“We need to be innovative in how we provide much needed council homes. As well as building our own homes, if we can purchase new homes from developers in areas where demand exceeds supply then we’ll make that investment.
“It’s great to see work cracking on at such a pace and as always, we’re looking forward to welcoming tenants to their new homes.”
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning said:
“Regenerating former derelict sites can have a massive, positive impact on communities. When the redevelopment includes affordable housing for rent in an area crying out for homes of this type, then we’re on to a winner.”
RDF Building Services managing director Michael Brearey said:
“We are delighted to be involved with this development which is local to our head office having delivered similar projects across the Yorkshire region and beyond.
“The entire RDF team are proud to be making a difference at a grassroots level by regenerating the derelict site using our local workforce.
“At RDF we believe in the ethos of partnering with clients, so there is a great buzz within the business that we are helping Leeds City Council provide new homes that are not only well designed and built, but that are extremely energy efficient, which will assist to keep the tenant’s fuel bills down and assist in the reduction of Leeds City Council’s carbon footprint.”