Building work was gathering pace this week on an “historic” affordable home development for Leeds Jewish Housing Association, costing £12million.
A total of 22 properties have already been demolished on the site at Queenshill Avenue, Moortown, to make way for two new housing blocks, comprised of 85 one- and two-bed apartments, more than 50 of which will be sheltered accommodation for older residents.
It is the largest affordable homes scheme since the association was founded in 1953. Roof-mounted solar panels will provide ten percent of the buildings’ electricity, while increased insulation within each property will further add to savings.
The new development is in partnership with government agency Homes England and will be connected to other LJHA accommodation “to create one large sheltered village” off Stonegate Road.
LJHA chief executive Mark Grandfield said: “We are truly excited about this project. This isn’t your normal housing newbuild scheme.”
Operations director Craig Simons acknowledged “significant disruption” to the 22 LJHA tenants whose homes have been knocked down to create the space.
Chair Jayne Wynick said: “It is wonderful to see the site cleared and building work on the new properties getting fully underway. Adding 85 low rent properties to our portfolio of around 500 is the biggest investment in our history.”