Leeds brownfield site set to get 49 affordable homes

Keepmoat Homes and Places for People are redeveloping the site in Seacroft into a development called Pennine Crest.
An artist's impression of what Pennine Crest will look like once complete.
An artist’s impression of what Pennine Crest will look like once complete. Credit: Keepmoat Homes/Places for People.

Keepmoat Homes and Places for People have started work on bringing new affordable homes to an East Leeds regeneration site.

The national housebuilder and social housing provider are redeveloping the brownfield site on Seacroft Crescent in Seacroft into a 49-home development called Pennine Crest.

The site had previously been owned by Leeds City Council before Places for People acquired it from Keepmoat Homes in August 2020.

The site will offer a variety of house types and new public spaces. All the homes on site will be made available as affordable housing through either shared ownership or affordable rent.

Nilam Buchanan, regional managing director at Places for People, said: “Pennine Crest will provide much needed affordable housing for people in Leeds on a former brownfield site.

“Alongside Keepmoat Homes and Leeds City Council, we will utilise our end-to-end expertise to create and manage a sustainable community for the long-term, with social value and people at its core.”

The £8 million development forms part of Leeds City Council’s brownfield programme, which will see over 1,000 new homes built across 13 development sites in East Leeds.

The programme aims not only to deliver new homes but also significantly improve the neighbourhoods where the homes are located.

Keepmoat Homes and Places for People have pledged to use sub-contractors and work placements while developing Pennine Crest to provide local employment and training opportunities, supporting the Leeds community.

Paul Oldridge, regional managing director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We are very excited to have started work on Pennine Crest. The site isn’t your typical new homes development; it is part of a wider regeneration project in East Leeds which represents a tremendous opportunity for the city’s growth, of which we will be delivering 10 out of the 13 developments.

“We’ve brought our experience to this development and, working with Leeds City Council and Places for People, we’re breathing new life into the area and aim to make a big impact on the local community, delivering real value to not only those to choose to live there but also to the surrounding area.”

Work at Pennine Crest is expected to complete in autumn 2021.

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