West Yorkshire housing associations to start new £9.2m scheme

Leeds Federated Housing Association and WDH are jointly developing 82 new affordable homes on Pemberton Road in Castleford.
A CGI of LFHA and WDH's joint scheme in Castleford.
A CGI of LFHA and WDH’s joint scheme in Castleford. Credit: Esh Construction

Two West Yorkshire housing associations are working on a £9.2 million scheme to deliver 82 new affordable homes in Castleford.

Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA) and WDH are jointly developing a 2.2-hectare patch of grassland on Pemberton Road which LFHA purchased from Wakefield Council last year.

The homes will be offered for affordable rent and shared ownership with LFHA managing 43 homes and WDH managing 39 homes respectively.

Sue Young, WDH’s executive director of Investment, said: “As a business we are always looking for opportunities to provide high quality homes within the local area, both for affordable rent and sale with shared ownership.

“This scheme will enhance the area, providing more families and professionals with great places to live, and offers a range of modern living options for prospective customers and tenants with excellent transport links to the M62. By investing in our local area, we are creating homes for those who need them in an area that is always in high demand.”

The development, designed by Leeds-based Brewster Bye Architects and supported with Homes England funding, will feature a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses as well as four bungalows.

Esh Construction has been appointed as the design and builder contractor for the development, which includes new road construction and all associated external works.

The contractors will work in partnership with Brewster Bye Architects, BWA (Europe) Ltd and Walker Ingram Associates to help LWHA and WDH deliver the development.

Stuart Leslie, divisional director at Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract and to be working in partnership once again with Leeds Federated Housing Association and WDH. We are due to commence work on circa £50 million of new affordable housing schemes across the Yorkshire region in the coming months and this is yet another great project which we are proud to be delivering for the community.”

Stephen Ellis, head of development at Leeds Federated, said: “This is more great news for Leeds Federated, as we continue an ambitious programme of providing great quality, affordable homes within Castleford, across the Wakefield district and the wider Leeds City Region. We look forward to working again with Esh and other partners on this exciting new Homes England funded development.”

Work on the development is expected to start in February 2021, with the first homes set to be available for residents in summer 2022.

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