AN innovative scheme to build two-bedroom council homes targeted at people aged over 55 is nearing completion.
The new generation of properties in west Leeds will help free up much-needed family-sized council homes.
Leeds City Council is working in partnership with developer Keepmoat Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – which is part funding the scheme - to provide 25 homes at Evelyn Place, Silver Royd Hill and the former Waterloo Road Primary School.
Building work at Evelyn Place is most advanced and the first homes are expected to be ready for handover in early April. Priority will be awarded to people aged over 55 who are under occupying a family home in the area.
Each of the properties has full gas central heating and an enclosed rear garden with a shed.
There is off street parking and energy-saving features including solar panels.
The Silver Royd Hill homes will be handed over in the summer, while the Waterloo Road properties are due for completion between late summer and early autumn.
Cathy Clelland, chair of West North West Homes Leeds, the organisation that manages council homes in the area, said: “It is fantastic to be a part of providing quality new homes during these difficult economic times.
“All of the partners involved in this development have worked hard to deliver these homes and to be this close to completing the project is a great achievement.”
Coun Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods and housing, said: “It is great to see a number of new council houses going up in Leeds for the over 55s.
“This will free up valuable family housing in the area and help more people move into a suitable home.”
Richard Panter, HCA area manager said: “This is great news for local residents. The completion of these first units as part of an eleven home scheme will provide much needed housing for older people.
“By building these homes in west Leeds we can ensure that people can remain close to their families once they retire, in homes that can adapt to their changing needs.”
David Ward, Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire managing director, said: “We are delighted to have played a part in reaching this important milestone.
“This is a significant housing development for Keepmoat Homes.”