Building work is now well underway on a £12 million Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA) project, the social landlord’s largest ever affordable homes scheme.
LJHA announced the start of work on the project back in May, and 22 properties have already been demolished on site to make way for two new housing blocks.
The scheme in Queenshill Avenue, Moortown will create 85 new one and two-bed apartments, comprising 51 new sheltered homes for older residents and 34 general needs apartments.
Representatives from LJHA, Leeds Jewish Representative Council (LJRC) and Leeds City Council joined a future tenant on site to review progress on the scheme which is set to be complete by the end of 2021.
Mark Grandfield, LJHA chief executive, said: “LJHA have been providing homes for the Jewish community on this site for over 60 years and as such, we’ve already made a tremendous emotional investment in the area.
“Having the chance now to reshape the housing provision for another 60 years to come and be able to house more of our community is great news.”
LJHA, a social housing provider which primarily serves Leeds’ Jewish community, has teamed up with the government housing agency Homes England to deliver the project.
10% of the buildings’ electricity will be provided by roof mounted solar panels, while each property will be energy-efficient thanks to increased insulation.
It will be connected to other accommodation owned by LJHA to create a large ‘sheltered village’ off Stonegate Road.
Craig Simons, LJHA’s director of operations, said: “We fully appreciate that there has been significant local disruption, not least to the 22 LJHA tenants whose homes have been knocked down to create the space for the new development.
“Amid the many challenges the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown up in 2020, we all have something hugely exciting to look forward to in 2021 when the project is delivered.”
Jayne Wynick, LJHA’s chair, 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 current portfolio of around 500 is the biggest investment made in Leeds Jewish Housing Association’s long and proud history.”
LJHA currently has almost 500 properties in its portfolio, spanning a range of homes for single people, families, older people, and shared ownership.
All the association’s properties are located within the Moortown and Alwoodley areas of Leeds, the main centres of the city’s Jewish community.
Image (L to R): Mark Grandfield, chief executive of LJHA; Lisa Baker, president of LJRC; Jayne Wynick, chair of LJHA; Cllr Sharon Hamilton, deputy executive member, Leeds City Council; future tenant, Robert White. Credit: LJHA.