New north Leeds housing scheme a boost for city’s ageing population

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Civic leaders have celebrated a major new affordable housing development in north Leeds.

Stratford Court, in Chapel Allerton, includes 19 homes for affordable rent and nine for shared ownership.

The £3.2 million development, within a dedicated conservation area, was delivered by Leeds-based Unity Homes and Enterprise in partnership with Leeds City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The ribbon was officially cut by councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, to open the development.

Ali Akbor, chief executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, said: “Since our establishment as a housing association almost 30 years ago, Unity has been resolute in its determination to raise housing standards in the neighbourhoods we serve.

“But we cannot do this alone and the support we have received from Leeds City Council and the Home and Communities Agency has been invaluable.

“This includes help to replace out of date and inappropriate accommodation with modern homes fit for our older population.”

Coun Lewis added: “Stratford Court is a great demonstration of how we can work with providers and developers to create homes that fulfil a specific housing need.

“With an ageing population, we need to provide homes that cater to a range of needs and that embody the best in design and environmental credentials.

“Sited in the heart of the community, these properties make effective use of the land and provide truly affordable homes.”

Tom Riordan, chief executive at Leeds City Council said: “Over the years Unity Housing has played an important role in helping to provide homes in Leeds that meet people’s needs and aspirations.”

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