Halifax to get affordable housing boost from 83 new homes

Abbey Park - Credit Together Housing (Demo)

Work has begun on a £11.6 million development in Halifax to boost affordable housing in the borough of Calderdale.

The 83 two- and three-bedroom homes on the former Abbey Park estate in Illingworth have started to be built by Lovell Partnerships.

The scheme forms part of the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership between Calderdale Council and Together Housing Group, which aims to deliver up to 650 new homes from 2018 to 2023.

63 of the homes will be available for affordable rent while the remaining 20 will be available to buy through shared ownership via Together Homes.

Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources, said: “It’s great to see work underway on this housing development – another key step forward in the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership. It will provide much-needed new affordable homes to local people and give the area a new lease of life.

“We’re really pleased to be working with our partner organisations to boost housing supply, which is essential to help revitalise our economy due to COVID-19. All work is being carried out in line with national guidance for safe working during the pandemic.”

The project will see the site, off North Selby, return to residential use after the previous housing there became derelict and was demolished four years ago.

The development, which will comprises 42 three-bedroom houses, 33 two-bedroom houses and eight two-bedroom bungalows, has been funded by Homes England and will be delivered by Together Housing.

In January 2019, Together Housing was announced as one of Homes England’s strategic partners, receiving £53 million to help deliver 1,152 additional affordable home starts by March 2022.

Hilary Brady, head of development for Together Housing, said: “Our strong partnership work and support from Homes England has enabled us to maintain our operational capability through what has been a very difficult period. This has allowed us to emerge from lockdown well-prepared and ready to deliver the new homes Halifax needs.”

Robert Adams, Lovell’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as Together Housing’s partner for this scheme. It is one of a number of projects we are working to deliver in partnership with Together, offering a range of much needed housing of all tenures across Yorkshire.”

The first homes will be ready to move into early 2021 and the development is expected to be fully complete by spring 2022.

Image (credit: Together Housing Group, L to R): Simon Booth, assistant site manager, Lovell; John Hughes, regional partnerships director, Lovell; Hilary Brady, Together Housing Group head of development; Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council cabinet member for regeneration.

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