Tuesday, 3 August 2010

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: unveiling new housing that will free up overcrowded council homes

Tomorrow sees the unveiling of a new housing development that will should ease overcrowding in local council homes.

People from west Leeds who are currently living in homes that are too small for them have been given the opportunity to move into the new houses on Farrow Road, Armley.

By moving tenants out of overcrowded homes, this development will release 12 council homes in west Leeds for people on the council house waiting list.

Some residents have already moved in to the first phase of houses, which were handed over in July. The rest are expected to start moving into their new homes later this month.

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WHAT: Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, will officially unveil the Farrow Road affordable housing development and local people will have an opportunity to look around the new homes
WHERE: Farrow Road, Armley LS12 3TB
WHEN: 12noon, Wednesday 4th August

The development is made up of 14 three and four bedroom homes for rent by a housing association, 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 Lettings 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.

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 that they can afford to live in.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937
e-mail: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk