Wednesday, 4 August 2010

PHOTOS: New housing in Leeds will free up overcrowded council homes

Welcome homes: Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing Councillor Peter Gruen opens the door of new affordable housing in Armley, with Claire Stone the managing director of Accent Foundation, Simon Hogg operations director for Lovells, and Leeds City Council's head of affordable housing Liz Cook.

A new housing development that will ease overcrowding in local council homes has been officially opened.

People from west Leeds who are currently living in council homes that are too small for them are being given the opportunity to move into the new 24 houses on Farrow Road, Armley.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, officially unveiled the Farrow Road affordable housing development today.

By moving tenants out of overcrowded council 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 from later this month.

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:
“This is a very exciting opportunity because it’s a very well designed and well built development.
“By providing accommodation for larger families it raises the bar in terms of beginning to tackle overcrowding in council homes.
“We hope to follow this development with other schemes in the very near future.”

Claire Stone, managing director of Accent Foundation, said:
“This development continues our good relationship with our partners and has been an opportunity to deliver housing that meets the needs of the local community, and also gives people a choice of affordable rented and affordable ownership.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937

Caption: Councillor Peter Gruen, Simon Hogg, Claire Stone and Liz Cook.

Caption: the affordable housing development on Farrow Road, Armley

Caption: interior shots of the development's show home