Boost for city’s housing stock as new residential developments completed

Dozens of new homes have been delivered in Leeds thanks to a pair of council housing schemes.

A total of 69 homes have been built and handed over to tenants at two Leeds City Council developments, one in Seacroft and the other in Holbeck.

The completed developments are both part of Leeds’s Council Housing Growth Programme (CHGP).

In Seacroft, the council’s Tarnside & Mardale scheme – between York Road and Foundry Mill Street – comprises 41 houses.

In Holbeck, meanwhile, a total of 28 homes – 14 houses and 14 apartments – now stand on a former tower block site at Meynell Approach.

All the properties were built to energy efficient and eco-friendly specifications, with features including special heat loss minimising windows, water saving devices and, in some cases, solar panels.

The Seacroft development was delivered for the council by Wates, while work in Holbeck was handled by United Living New Homes.

The names of two new streets – Red Kite Court and Sunflower Close – within the development were chosen by Parklands Primary School, Seacroft Grange Primary School and the SCOT (Seacroft Community On Top) group.

Other benefits from the scheme include a substantial investment in new equipment, surfacing and seating at the Seacroft Gardens play area.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and housing, said: “We are determined to ensure Leeds is the best possible place to live – a city filled with thriving and inclusive communities where development and regeneration is shaped by the priorities of local people.

“By delivering quality homes which meet the current and future needs of our residents, the Council Housing Growth Programme has an important part to play in helping us achieve that aim.

“These properties in Seacroft and Holbeck also offer a perfect snapshot of the high standards of design and construction that tenants can expect from Leeds’s new generation of energy efficient council housing.”

Other schemes either completed or given the green light under the CHGP include Healey Croft at Tingley, Heights Lane in Armley and a general needs and extra care development off Middleton Park Avenue in Middleton.

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