Councillors to decide on new affordable homes plan

​Date: 15/12/2014

Key decision makers at the Council are being asked to approve the sale of land in Hemsworth to build affordable housing.

The report being discussed by Cabinet on December 23 recommends the Council offers 5.5 acres of cleared site for tender at West End to registered providers such as Wakefield and District Housing, Yorkshire Housing, Chevin and Riverside Housing Group to build around 120 good quality homes to rent at affordable prices.

The site was cleared over five years ago after the sudden collapse of the housing market and since has remained undeveloped. These plans form part of the Council's ongoing commitment for good quality homes in the district.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: "This would bring much needed regeneration to the area, providing good quality affordable homes which are in high demand and through the construction process it will help to create jobs and boost the local economy."

These new homes will support the other housing sites across the South East of the District which have been brought forward by the Council.

The last housing market report completed by the Council in 2011 identified that more than 700 new affordable homes are needed each year to keep up with need from households across the district.

The Council's Cabinet will meet on Tuesday December 23 at 10.30am in County Hall.