East Leeds: A major multi-million pound investment sows seeds for future

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A major £9m housing investment for run-down parts of east Leeds has hit the half-way mark.

Council and privately-owned homes in Cross Green and the Nevilles have been targeted as part of the multi-million pound Sustainable Communities Improvement Programme (SCIP) to make properties warmer and healthier alongside projects to make the community a more attractive place to live.

Roofs, doors and windows are being replaced and external insulation installed so residents in up to 220 houses will enjoy warmer, draught-proof and cheaper to heat homes.

Entire streets will also be visually improved, having benefited from boundary wall improvements, new pointing, guttering and drainpipes.

New homes built by Chevin Housing Association have been designed to complement the look of the traditional terraced housing, which also helps to improve the look of the area.

The contractor on site – Keepmoat – has been busy supporting the local community by helping residents apply for small grants from a community fund to deal with local priorities.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “Partnership working is really paying off. By taking a whole street approach, regardless of whether homes are council or privately owned, we’ve not just upgraded the fabric of these buildings or the look and feel of the streets, we’ve improved the quality of people’s lives.”

Jean Copley, chair of the Cross Green Community Group, said: “It’s great to see improvements happening and encourages residents to get involved. We’re really pleased with the way everyone has pulled together to work on our food growing and lunch club activities.”

Graham Pearce of KPMG

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