Building on housing success in the district
The success of a
local housing developer, set up by Wakefield Council and WDH, looks set to
bring even more high quality and affordable homes to the district.
Bridge Homes development at St Swithins, Stanley
Bridge Homes was
established in 2013 and is a joint venture between Wakefield Council and WDH.
The excellent achievements of the company mean that Wakefield Council’s Cabinet
is being asked to support Bridge Homes to expand their housing development programme
on land, currently owned by the Council, at Springfield Grange in Flanshaw and
The Balk, Stanley.
So far Bridge Homes has built and sold 30 new homes at a development at St
Swithins in Stanley. It has started building and selling 96 properties at ThornesGate
on Horbury Road in Wakefield and has put forward an application for 43 new
homes on Standbridge Lane in Kettlethorpe. The developer has also been
shortlisted for the West Yorkshire Local Authority Building Excellence awards
If Cabinet give the recommendation the green light, Bridge Homes will have
‘option agreements’ on the land, which will be sold at market value and could
provide another 180 affordable and high quality homes for people wanting to
live in the district.
Cllr Denise Jeffery,
Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Bridge Homes has
clearly demonstrated its commercial success, thanks to the great quality and
range of new properties.
“For some time it has been clear that we needed more good quality and
affordable homes in this district. This is why we took an innovative and
proactive approach to meet this need head on.
“The achievements of the joint venture have exceeded the initial business plan
which means we are able to reinvest more and create even more new homes.
“I am confident that by granting Bridge Homes the necessary option agreements
on the additional land it can build on its success – as well as building
fantastic new homes for our residents.”
Kevin Dodd, WDH’s Chief Executive, said: “Bridge Homes is delivering great
things for Wakefield. Not only is it developing outstanding properties for
sale, we are also benefiting from high quality homes that people find
affordable in locations where we need it most. Giving Bridge Homes the go ahead
on this will have a significant impact on the district, creating much needed
homes on sought after developments. Bridge Homes will deliver everything it has
set out to and help the district to meet the growing demand for high quality,
reasonably priced, affordable homes.”
Rob Smith, Joint Venture Manager at Bridge Homes, said: “The interest in Bridge
Homes has been phenomenal. Our first development at St Swithins was a
resounding success and ThornesGate is proving just as popular. We have
introduced a larger selection of properties, including our ground breaking
Linea collection, and we hope that by securing these ‘option agreements’ we are
able to continue our expansion and deliver more high quality homes for
Wakefield. We’ve had and continue to receive great feedback from everyone who
has bought or viewed a Bridge Home confirming that we are building homes that
meet the needs of local people.”
The report will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on 27 June at 10.30am.
The meeting will be livestreamed on Wakefield Council’s website www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream
and the Council’s twitter account @MyWakefield will also provide live updates
during the Cabinet meeting.
A Bridge Homes property at St Swithins, Stanley