Council agrees to affordable homes

Deputy leader of the council, Denise Jeffery, outside the former Ings House care home in Kinsley.
Deputy leader of the council, Denise Jeffery, outside the former Ings House care home in Kinsley.

ALMOST 200 affordable homes are to be built in the Express area after Wakefield Council gave the go ahead to a multi-million pound project.

Plans to build 185 houses in Hemsworth, South Elmsall and the surrounding areas before 2015 were agreed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Many will initially be offered as shared ownership with a mortgage taken on at a later date to help families live in suitable sized homes.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader with responsibility for regeneration and economic growth, said at the meeting: “We have been very lucky. A lot of work has been done and we were in the right place at the right time.

“It is a great opportunity for our district.”

Along with affordable family housing, a number of bungalows are expected to be built to help accommodate the older generation.

Coun Jeffery said: “There is such a need for housing and it is the right thing to do.

“We will work with housing associations and build new homes, which are so desperately needed.”

The homes will comprise of 68 in two phases on Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, 26 on Kirkbygate, and 14 on Holly Street, both in Hemsworth, 20 on the site of Ings House, Ings Road, Kinsley, 37 on Madeley Road, Havercroft, seven on West Street, South Kirkby, five on Westfield Crescent, Ryhill, and four on Wood Street, South Hiendley.

The council will also sell eight of its sites across the district, including land at Mill Lane, South Kirkby, Kirkbygate, Hemsworth, Harewood Road, Upton, and Madeley Road, Havercroft.

The sale of the land could raise £450,000 for theouncil, with a further £51,450 raised through a government scheme that pays local authorities for every affordable home.

The programme has been developed in partnership with Wakefield District Housing (WDH) - which is investing £50m into affordable housing across the district - and registered housing providers Chevin, Riverside and Yorkshire Housing.