Council accepts £8m grant to regenerate housing estates

Welcome to hell, Fitzwilliam City Estate, labelled one of the worst in Britain before it was knocked down. Set to be regenerated with new houses etc.
Welcome to hell, Fitzwilliam City Estate, labelled one of the worst in Britain before it was knocked down. Set to be regenerated with new houses etc.
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PLAnS to regenerate three former housing estates in the Express area will go ahead after Wakefield Council formally accepted an £8m government grant.

Cabinet members agreed to take the cash to regenerate homes on City Estate, Fitzwilliam, West End, Hemsworth and Gordon Place, South Elmsall - as well as the Girnhill Estate in Featherstone.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader with responsibility for regeneration and economic growth, said the grant represented a big boost for the district and would enable much-needed housing development in what had become very run-down estates.

She said: “People in these four areas have waited a long time for new housing and this grant enables us to move forward, removing the barriers which have been holding up housing renewal.”

The money is part of the government’s Regional Growth Fund and will provide 700 new homes on the four sites.

Coun Jeffery added: “We can now take steps to stimulate housing growth, which otherwise would have stalled until the housing market recovers sufficiently to generate private sector interest.”

Acceptance of the grant is subject to completion of an external evaluation of the bid at the end of October.

Hundreds of homes were knocked down on the three estates but new housing developments were delayed due to the economic climate.

The grant will be used as gap-funding for development costs and to deliver high standard buildings and affordable homes.

Coun Jeffery said she was delighted the council could bring much-needed homes into the community.