Council to discuss new housing proposals

​Date: 04/11/2014

Our cabinet are to consider proposals to support the drive to build new affordable housing across the district – by providing land to housing association partners.

The report being discussed by Cabinet on November 11 recommends the Council offer four sites across the district including Victor Street in South Elmsall, Mill Lane in South Kirby, Kind Edward Street in Normanton and the former Clifton Junior and Infants School in Horbury, to build 58 homes to meet the growing need for affordable homes.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: "With the increasing and often expensive house prices and rent costs, we are determined to provide more affordable housing across the district.

"Affordable housing helps families to cope better with the other cost of living pressures they are facing and we are pleased to be able to support these plans."

The new homes will be built on four sites including four bungalows for older people, 8 one-bedroom flats, 37 two and three bedroom houses and 9 two-bedroom apartments.

The last housing market report completed by the Council in 2011 identified that 772 affordable homes are needed each year to keep up with demand.

These four new schemes form part of the Council's Affordable Housing Programme for 2015-18, which will see 300 new affordable new homes built across the district by Wakefield and District Housing, Together Housing group and Yorkshire Housing. Both the Council and the housing associations are working to bring forward new schemes to increase the number of housing to help meet resident's needs for affordable homes.