East Leeds to get 1,000 new homes

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Leeds City Council has agreed to sell off brownfield land in three east Leeds neighbourhoods to make way for £142m of investment in new housing.

The deal will see Keepmoat and Strata transform 13 sites across Seacroft, Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe with around 1,000 new homes.

The eight-year scheme is part of the council’s commitment to provide 70,000 new homes for the city by 2028, as set out in its Core Strategy.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “With a clear focus on redeveloping brownfield land first we can lead the way in ensuring important new housing in Leeds is delivered.

“Using council land in a planned and co-ordinated way like this allows us to work with partners such as Keepmoat, Strata and others so that there is a supply of suitable, affordable, quality homes that meets Leeds’ need now and in the future.”

The developments will provide jobs, apprenticeships and training placements for local people, as well as a chance for buyers to get on the housing ladder through initiatives such as Help to Buy.

It is expected that the first planning applications will be submitted later this year, with work starting in 2017.

Ian Hoad, operations director for Keepmoat in Yorkshire, said: “Working in partnership with Strata will allow us to accelerate the delivery of these new homes, with the target of achieving 150 properties per annum in line with the council’s clear requirements to deliver at scale, pace and quality. We aren’t just talking one development in one part of the region. We are completely overhauling three neighbourhoods and potentially putting nearly 1,000 families in the region on the property ladder.”