Low-cost homes move by Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council is looking into the possibility of building homes for sale.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 14th April 2016, 5:00 am

Members of the council’s executive board are being asked to approve a detailed examination of the options for the council to build and sell affordable houses when they meet next Wednesday.

The move comes as the council considers the implications on the supply of affordable housing to buy and rent as a result of housing and planning bill. While the bill seeks to make home ownership more accessible, even starter homes could still be out of reach for some Leeds residents.

If recommendations in the report are approved, the council will assess the opportunities to build low cost, affordable homes for sale to provide more opportunities and help meet the needs and aspirations of people who struggle to buy their own home.

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Councillor Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said: “We’re well aware of the pressure for one and two-bedroom homes in the city.

“People on lower incomes want to get their feet on the property ladder but can’t so they turn to the private rented sector which now outstrips the number of council homes in Leeds.

“If we can help by building affordable homes for sale to fill a gap not currently being met by other providers, then we need to fully explore the options.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration and planning, added: “We understand local housing needs.”

Coun Coupar is standing for election in the Temple Newsam Ward for the Labour party. Other candidates standing in the local elections include Sarah Crossland (Green Party); Phil Moore (UKIP); Keith Norman (Lib Dems) and david Schofield (Cons).