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Funding Granted To Enable Two New Leeds Housing Schemes
More than 600 new homes are set to be constructed in Leeds in the coming years, after funding was granted by the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to enable the construction of a relief road around Otley.
Of the £7 million awarded by the HIF, £6.3 million will be used to construct the new road, which will run for 1.5 kilometres and enable traffic – including that accessing the two sites proposed for housing development – to bypass Otley town centre.
One project will see a development of affordable apartments for the over-55s go ahead at Roundhay Road. In addition, the land here will also be used for an innovative project “led by local people to create a co-housing scheme along with self-build opportunities”, Leeds City Council revealed.
The larger of the two projects will see Persimmon Homes working to develop a site at Otley, where 550 new homes, along with a primary school, business space and green areas, are set to be constructed.
Persimmon is working with other landowners to set up the necessary infrastructure for this scheme to proceed.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, commented: “We look forward to working with the government on finalising the details of these schemes in the months to come.”
He added that the projects are “in keeping with our commitment to provide and support new housing and growth at sustainable levels and in the right way for all communities in the city to benefit from them”.
With so many house building projects due to get underway, there’s likely to be demand for scaffolding contractors in Leeds in the coming months and years.
According to Transport News, there could be even more residential construction projects getting underway around the city if more funding is received from the HIF. The council has put in a second bid for a larger chunk of cash, and if it’s granted, could result in more than 16,500 new homes being built at sites across the city centre.
Housing isn’t the only priority for the city council though, with its transport plan a big part of its work at present. After an extensive consultation, it has identified a number of measures that it intends to introduce.
These include developing a series of new and improved railway stations – including at Leeds Bradford Airport, Harrogate and Thorpe Park – and introducing new park and ride services in the city after the success of the Elland Road and Temple Green schemes.
Transforming the bus network is a significant part of the council’s travel plans, with the aim to double the number of people using this mode of transport in the next ten years.
To help get more people out of their cars and back on public transport, they are planning to introduce bus priority measures on a number of key routes in the city. These include the A61 North, A58 North and A647.
Encouraging more walking and cycling is also a priority, with the introduction of people-friendly streets also planned, while it’s hoped that reducing congestion will help improve air quality.