Friday, 2 July 2010

New housing ‘will ease council house overcrowding’

People are due to move into a new housing development that should ease overcrowding in local council homes.

Local people from west Leeds who are currently suffering from overcrowding in their council homes have been given the opportunity to move into a variety of brand new social rented homes on Farrow Road in Wortley.

The development is made up of 14 three and four bedroom homes for social rent, with a further 10 three bedroom homes available for shared ownership.

Farrow Road is one of a number of schemes being delivered by Accent Foundation through Leeds City Council’s innovative Strategic Affordable Housing Partnership.

Through the partnership – which is helping build affordable housing using council-owned land to attract public funding – Accent Foundation will be developing 290 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership across the city. This development has benefited from funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Working in partnership with Accent, a Local Allocations Plan has been developed – meaning all the units have now been allocated to people from the Wortley and Armley areas who had been suffering from overcrowding. This will release 12 council homes in west Leeds for applicants on the council house waiting list.

Successful applicants are expected to start moving into their new homes from later this month.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing, said:
“Whether we are in a recession or not, this city needs more affordable housing and this latest development is one of a number across Leeds that are providing low cost or council housing.
“Farrow Road means that families in council homes that are too small for them can move, freeing up much needed accommodation for others.
“More needs to be done to create affordable housing in Leeds – we’re committed to doing everything we can to provide people with proper, decent homes.”

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