The Leeds-based housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise has completed 30 new affordable homes in the north-east of the city.
The final residents have now moved in at the Beckhill Grove scheme in Meanwood, which includes 24 three-bed houses, two four-bed houses, two two-bed houses, and two two-bed bungalows all available for affordable rent.
Leeds City Council previously owned the site before selecting Unity, a BME-led housing association, as the preferred development partner for the homes.
Ali Akbor OBE, chief executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, has paid tribute to the Unity staff and project partners who worked to ensure that tenants could safely move into the homes despite ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Akbor said: “The past four months have been challenging for everyone and housing associations are no exception.
“Despite Unity’s head office being closed and most staff working at home, all essential services have been delivered to our tenants including urgent repairs.
“We have placed the wish of our prospective tenants to move into their properties in Beckhill Grove as a priority. I am thrilled that this task has been completed safely and they can now begin the process of settling in.”
Planning permission for the Beckhill Grove scheme was granted in 2018 and building work was carried out by Esh Construction.
The 30 new red-brick homes will compliment the 125 homes Unity owns and manages in the nearby Stonegates estate, taking the number of Unity properties in Meanwood up to 155.
The development’s completion takes Unity closer to its goal of delivering 220 new homes between 2016 and 2021 as part of the government’s Affordable Homes Programme.
“We are proud to be providing so many first-class homes in the heart of a wonderful local community,” Akbor added.
Earlier this summer, Akbor argued that the government must build more affordable homes if it is to ‘level up’ the UK and tackle racial inequality.
The Unity chief executive’s comments at an online webinar came in the wake of the global Black Lives Matter protests, which have raised awareness of the housing inequalities faced by BME communities.
Image: The completed affordable homes scheme at Beckhill Grove in Meanwood, Leeds. Credit: Unity Homes & Enterprise