Building on housing success in the district

20/06/2017, PR8582

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 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 in 2017.

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
Cllr Denise Jeffery

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
A Bridge Homes property at St Swithins, Stanley

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