Leeds City Council’s £40m plan to help meet housing shortage

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Council chiefs will next week be asked to approve spending £40m in a bid to boost its housing stock to help meet the city’s rising demand.

A report to Leeds City Council’s executive board – which meets on July 17 – said the current waiting list for social housing stands at about 27,000 applications.

A comprehensive plan has been drafted to build hundreds of new council homes which the council said will be the largest amount of homes brought to the city for 30 years. As well as building new homes, the report identifies a number of ways to reach a target of 400 new council homes over four years. These include using the money from Right to Buy sales, freeing up suitable council-owned brownfield sites for developments – or possibly buying new sites, converting derelict buildings, buying off-plan or already built homes from developers, and buying back previous council houses sold under the Right to Buy scheme.

 

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