Work Begins On £9.2M Affordable Housing Scheme

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Work Begins On £9.2M Affordable Housing Scheme

Work Begins On £9.2M Affordable Housing Scheme

Construction work has commenced on a £9.2 million new affordable homes development in Castleford, in the city of Wakefield, that comprises 82 houses, that will offer a range of purchase and rental options, including affordable rent, rent to buy and shared ownership.

The Business Desk reports that the housing scheme, which is located on a 2.2-hectare patch of unused grassland on Pemberton Road in Castleford, has been jointly developed by Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA) and Castleford housing association WDH, with extra funding support from Homes England.

The development has been designed by Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects and Esh Construction is the principal contractor. The land was successfully purchased from Wakefield council by LFHA in 2020.

The plans for the scheme consist of a combination of two, three and four-bedroom houses and bungalows. LFHA will manage 43 of the homes and WDH will manage the remaining 39 properties. The first homes are expected to be ready for occupation during summer 2022.

Mark Henderson, a director with Brewster Bye Architects, explained: “We’ve designed this development to offer a varied range of high-quality affordable homes, that will appeal to all demographics, ranging from families to downsizers, looking to buy and rent affordable homes. Ultimately, this will create a vibrant and varied community in a highly sought-after area.”

He added that the development has progressed very quickly, and after being granted planning permission at the end of last year, he was very pleased to see that work was now underway.

Stephen Ellis, head of development at LFHA, said: “This is more great news for Leeds Federated, as we continue an ambitious programme of providing great quality, affordable homes within Castleford, across the Wakefield district and the wider Leeds City Region.”

Sue Young, executive director of investment at WDH, said that the businesses always looking for more opportunities to provide high-quality housing in the local area, that is both affordable for rent and sale with shared ownership.

She added that the scheme aims to enhance the area and provide more families and professionals with great places to live, with a wide range of modern living options for prospective house hunters, which include excellent transport links to the M62.

“By investing in our local area, we are creating homes for those who need them in an area that is always in high demand,” she said.

Stuart Leslie, the divisional director at Esh Construction, added that the company was delighted to have secured the contract and to be working in a partnership with Leeds Federated Housing Association and WDH once again.

“We are due to commence work on circa £50 million of new affordable housing schemes across the Yorkshire region in the coming months and this is yet another great project which we are proud to be delivering for the community,” he said.

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