Council homes in Leeds could get £65million refurb

Leeds Civic Hall.

Leeds Civic Hall.

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Council tenants could benefit from £65million worth of home improvements in the next two years if councillors choose to approve a new set of standards for housing.

Council bosses will meet next week to discuss the Leeds Homes Refurbishment Standard, which also proposes a long-term plan to spend hundreds of millions over a 30-year period.

The scheme aims to improve individual homes as well as council estates, looking at energy efficiency, green spaces, parking, waste management and security issues.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “With the new proposed refurbishment standard we can ensure that homes are warmer, cheaper to heat and healthier places to live.

“The proposed standard also lets us look at estates as a whole and help drive change that will make people proud of where they live.”

Councillor Gruen added: “As well as knowing exactly what to expect, by building in flexibility to the standards, tenants can be assured that as times marches on we can continue to maintain their homes to the highest standard.”

The new Leeds Homes Refurbishment Standard proposes to help prevent defects, replace walls, chimneys, heating, plumbing and electrics if needed, upgrade single-glazed windows with energy-efficient double glazing, install full central heating, insulate all cavity walls and lofts, set up sprinkler systems in multi-storey flats, fit solar panels, install CCTV to multi-storey blocks, replace lifts that stop on alternative floors and improve green spaces, parking and waste management.

Council homes across the city have already seen some significant investment through the existing national Decent Homes Standard.

The programme has replaced thousands of kitchens and bathrooms in council homes and has helped tackle other structural issues.

However, the council wants to go further with its own local set of standards that make existing council homes fit for modern lifestyles.

As a result, the council’s executive board will meet to discuss the plans on Wednesday, November 19.

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