Kirklees council chiefs take a tour of Unity’s new Huddersfield homes

A housing provider has been showing off its new development of nine family homes in Huddersfield to local civic leaders.

Unity Homes & Enterprise showed the leader of Kirklees Council, Councillor Shabir Pandor, and the authority’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Cathy Scott, around the £1.2 million housing project as it nears completion.

The homes, set for “affordable” rent, are being constructed on a former garage site on Quarmby Road. The land was owned by Kirklees Council before being acquired by Unity. The new development consists of six semi-detached two-bedroomed properties and three terraced houses with three bedrooms apiece. Each home will have a garden and private parking.

“It was excellent,” said Pandor of the new development. “The properties are really good, very spacious and will meet the needs of our residents and communities. It’s a really inspiring development.”

Scott added: “The development is a good example of successful co-design with partners who have specific expertise and ability. With a shortage of affordable homes, Quarmby Road is a valuable contribution to our wider plans as part increasing available housing across Kirklees.”

Quarmby Road, Huddersfield
Wayne Noteman, Unity’s director of regeneration (left), briefs Councillor Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council (right) and Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing (second from right) on progress of the Quarmby Road development in Huddersfield

Construction work on the project is due finish in the coming weeks with the first tenants expected to move into their new properties shortly afterwards. This is Unity’s second affordable homes development in the West Yorkshire town. It also owns and manages a scheme of flats at Fartown.

“Unity has a well-earned reputation for delivering the highest quality affordable homes. The new properties certainly meet that standard,” said Ali Akbor, Unity’s chief executive. “The internal fit out is now well underway. This will be followed by external works which includes pathways, fencing and turfing.

“I have no doubt that the prospective tenants will be delighted with their new homes and we look forward to welcoming them into the Unity family.

“We are proud to have played a part in improving people’s lives for more than three decades. Most of our work has focused on Leeds, but we are glad to be on the cusp of opening our second scheme in Huddersfield.

“Working in partnership with the Council, we hope to significantly broaden our footprint in Kirklees in the years ahead.”

Akbor and the councillors were accompanied on the site visit by Unity’s director of regeneration, Wayne Noteman, and Unity board members Abdul Ravat and Shazia Khan.

The Quarmby Road scheme is the pilot project for Kirklees Council’s Small Affordable Housing Sites programme, which draws on the expertise and resources of registered providers to maximise the delivery of affordable homes in the district.

Earlier this year, Pandor launched the council’s ambitious plan to deliver 10,000 new homes by 2023. The Big Build is a comprehensive programme of proactive activity to increase the rate of house building across Kirklees by working with private landowners, major house builders, housing associations and small site developers to increase the supply of new homes.


Main image courtesy of Unity Homes & Enterprise. Front row from right to left: Ali Akbor, Unity chief executive; Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council and Councillor Cathy Scott, cabinet member for housing, are joined by senior Unity representatives, Kirklees Council officers and Andrew Lunn (white hat), managing director of Jack Lunn Ltd at the Quarmby Road development in Huddersfield


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