More than 500 new affordable homes to be built across Bradford district thanks grants of £12m

More than 500 new affordable homes to be built across Bradford district thanks grants of £12m

More than 500 new affordable homes to be built across Bradford district thanks grants of £12m

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MORE THAN 500 new affordable homes will be built across the Bradford district thanks to grants totalling £12m.

The funding, including £7m for Incommunities and £5m for Bradford Council, was announced yesterday by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as part of its Affordable Homes Programme.

Bradford Council will build 241 homes with its share of the money, while Incommunities will construct 264.

The properties being built by the Council, which will be for sale and rent, have been earmarked for brownfield sites in six wards across the district over the next three years and should be ready by spring 2018.

There will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroomed homes, as well as Extra Care properties, according to Councillor Val Slater.

Cllr Slater, Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: "This is great news. When completed these new houses will provide much needed affordable homes for the people of Bradford.

"We hope that these properties will, in addition to those being developed by our partners, play a part in addressing the serious housing problems facing many individuals and families in the district."

Cllr Slater said the priority for housing mirrored a national trend, in that single people and young couples were most in need.

Keighley West will get the most homes, with 127 set to be built - 37 on Braithwaite Road and 90 on the Bronte School site in Oakworth, of which half will be Extra Care apartments.

There will be 35 houses built in Cliffe Lane West, Baildon, available for sale and rent.

In Bowling and Barkerend, on New Otley Road and Avenham Way, there will be 19 properties for rent, while on Ripley Street in Little Horton there will be 15 for rent, while 25 homes for rent will be erected in Royds, on Reevy Road, Buttershaw, while Livingstone Road in Windhill and Wrose ward will get 20 houses.

A Council spokesman said: "The programme will have a value of £34 million and will be developed over the next three years with all properties ready by spring 2018."

Speaking on the Bowling and Barkerend housing boost, Cllr Hassan Uzzaman Khan (Lab, Bowling and Barkerend) said: "There are lots of complaints about overcrowding in this area, so it will help."

Cllr Simon Cooke (Con, Bingley Rural) said: "I am delighted that the HCA and central government continue to support the development of affordable housing in Bradford."

Meanwhile, the new homes being built by Incommunities will cover 24 locations around the district and involve the regeneration of former housing sites. They include sites at Bolton Woods, Shipley, Fagley, Idle, Ravenscliffe, Little Horton and Bingley.

The investment will support new phases of housing at Green Lane in Manningham.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive said: “This approval for our latest new build programme by the Homes and Communities Agency is terrific news.

“To date we have delivered over 500 new homes, many for social rent. This new grant funding means over £30 million will go into providing more much needed affordable housing for local people and provide a significant boost for our local communities.”

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8:27am Fri 25 Jul 14

Avro says...

How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?
How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants? Avro
  • Score: 16

8:29am Fri 25 Jul 14

Grumpygirl says...

If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 30

8:50am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin.

Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin. Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

9:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

collos25 says...

Avro wrote:
How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?
You are a bit of a dummy really,Those houses that are for sale will go to first in line with the money and those for rent will go to the people who are in line for a house in the housing list.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?[/p][/quote]You are a bit of a dummy really,Those houses that are for sale will go to first in line with the money and those for rent will go to the people who are in line for a house in the housing list. collos25
  • Score: -8

9:26am Fri 25 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

Yet another grant from Central Government and again not a sign of any thanks from the Council.
Yet on the story about City Hall being closed, it's all the government's fault!
Yet another grant from Central Government and again not a sign of any thanks from the Council. Yet on the story about City Hall being closed, it's all the government's fault! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 19

9:43am Fri 25 Jul 14

baildongreen says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin.

Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.
Why do you say that? In other cities central developments necessarily built on brownfields go for a premium. In our city the problem is not the pre-used nature of the land, but Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin. Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.[/p][/quote]Why do you say that? In other cities central developments necessarily built on brownfields go for a premium. In our city the problem is not the pre-used nature of the land, but Bradford. baildongreen
  • Score: 4

9:55am Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion. says...

baildongreen wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin.

Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.
Why do you say that? In other cities central developments necessarily built on brownfields go for a premium. In our city the problem is not the pre-used nature of the land, but Bradford.
No it isn't, it's the flood of immigrants over several decades. This all sounds excellent and might even silence the "brownfield sites first" brigade.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin. Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.[/p][/quote]Why do you say that? In other cities central developments necessarily built on brownfields go for a premium. In our city the problem is not the pre-used nature of the land, but Bradford.[/p][/quote]No it isn't, it's the flood of immigrants over several decades. This all sounds excellent and might even silence the "brownfield sites first" brigade. Albion.
  • Score: 8

10:03am Fri 25 Jul 14

BierleyBoy says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin.

Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.
I fail to see why Bradford Council cannot tie in the granting of permission to build on green belt, with a developer having to build a commensurate number of properties in less affluent areas.

For example, the developer who has permission to build 400+ very high value, high profit homes in Micklethwaite can just take the profit & run. Why not have them build less profitable properties in less affluent areas to help ease where the real demand is as part of the deal?

Instead, the public purse has to carry the burden. Perverse 7 a complete lack of vision from Bradford Council.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin. Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.[/p][/quote]I fail to see why Bradford Council cannot tie in the granting of permission to build on green belt, with a developer having to build a commensurate number of properties in less affluent areas. For example, the developer who has permission to build 400+ very high value, high profit homes in Micklethwaite can just take the profit & run. Why not have them build less profitable properties in less affluent areas to help ease where the real demand is as part of the deal? Instead, the public purse has to carry the burden. Perverse 7 a complete lack of vision from Bradford Council. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 8

10:03am Fri 25 Jul 14

Apollo says...

The sink estates of the future. Let's hope the houses do not have gardens that can be filled with rubbish bags, old furniture and mattresses.
The sink estates of the future. Let's hope the houses do not have gardens that can be filled with rubbish bags, old furniture and mattresses. Apollo
  • Score: 3

10:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

BierleyBoy says...

Apollo wrote:
The sink estates of the future. Let's hope the houses do not have gardens that can be filled with rubbish bags, old furniture and mattresses.
Yep, there should be no rental properties other than for the disabled/elderly built as social housing.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: The sink estates of the future. Let's hope the houses do not have gardens that can be filled with rubbish bags, old furniture and mattresses.[/p][/quote]Yep, there should be no rental properties other than for the disabled/elderly built as social housing. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 0

10:31am Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion. says...

BierleyBoy wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin.

Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.
I fail to see why Bradford Council cannot tie in the granting of permission to build on green belt, with a developer having to build a commensurate number of properties in less affluent areas.

For example, the developer who has permission to build 400+ very high value, high profit homes in Micklethwaite can just take the profit & run. Why not have them build less profitable properties in less affluent areas to help ease where the real demand is as part of the deal?

Instead, the public purse has to carry the burden. Perverse 7 a complete lack of vision from Bradford Council.
If developers weren't allowed to do as they do, they would just try their luck elsewhere and Bradford would have an even bigger housing shortage.
The developers at Micklethwaite aren't just taking the profit and running, there are alterations to bridges and emergency access, that they have to finance.
[quote][p][bold]BierleyBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin. Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.[/p][/quote]I fail to see why Bradford Council cannot tie in the granting of permission to build on green belt, with a developer having to build a commensurate number of properties in less affluent areas. For example, the developer who has permission to build 400+ very high value, high profit homes in Micklethwaite can just take the profit & run. Why not have them build less profitable properties in less affluent areas to help ease where the real demand is as part of the deal? Instead, the public purse has to carry the burden. Perverse 7 a complete lack of vision from Bradford Council.[/p][/quote]If developers weren't allowed to do as they do, they would just try their luck elsewhere and Bradford would have an even bigger housing shortage. The developers at Micklethwaite aren't just taking the profit and running, there are alterations to bridges and emergency access, that they have to finance. Albion.
  • Score: -5

11:07am Fri 25 Jul 14

Avro says...

collos25 wrote:
Avro wrote:
How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?
You are a bit of a dummy really,Those houses that are for sale will go to first in line with the money and those for rent will go to the people who are in line for a house in the housing list.
Speak for your self.. dummy

'Affordable housing' is a general term used for Housing Association Let's, and the simply fact is that the very reason why there is a housing let shortage, is that EU migrants are have caused this probekm across the UK and are being given priorty!
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?[/p][/quote]You are a bit of a dummy really,Those houses that are for sale will go to first in line with the money and those for rent will go to the people who are in line for a house in the housing list.[/p][/quote]Speak for your self.. dummy 'Affordable housing' is a general term used for Housing Association Let's, and the simply fact is that the very reason why there is a housing let shortage, is that EU migrants are have caused this probekm across the UK and are being given priorty! Avro
  • Score: 11

11:30am Fri 25 Jul 14

taleoftruth says...

Cliffe Lane West is not a brownfield site, it is a former school field! Stand by for the homes below to be flooded in extreme weather events. How about re-building the school instead, we actually need one of those!
Cliffe Lane West is not a brownfield site, it is a former school field! Stand by for the homes below to be flooded in extreme weather events. How about re-building the school instead, we actually need one of those! taleoftruth
  • Score: 12

11:37am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

baildongreen wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin.

Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.
Why do you say that? In other cities central developments necessarily built on brownfields go for a premium. In our city the problem is not the pre-used nature of the land, but Bradford.
I am specifically talking about Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]They haven't built them yet, so no idea if they'll sell. I suspect they will only sell because they'll be rock bottom prices with little or no profit margin. Of course, everyone expects developers to just break even and build unprofitable houses out of the goodness of their hearts.[/p][/quote]Why do you say that? In other cities central developments necessarily built on brownfields go for a premium. In our city the problem is not the pre-used nature of the land, but Bradford.[/p][/quote]I am specifically talking about Bradford. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 6

12:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

taleoftruth wrote:
Cliffe Lane West is not a brownfield site, it is a former school field! Stand by for the homes below to be flooded in extreme weather events. How about re-building the school instead, we actually need one of those!
Good point.
To use the Wikipedia definition of brownfield: "land previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses. The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up"

When I played in the school football team and we played Bronte School, all I remember is wide open spaces!
[quote][p][bold]taleoftruth[/bold] wrote: Cliffe Lane West is not a brownfield site, it is a former school field! Stand by for the homes below to be flooded in extreme weather events. How about re-building the school instead, we actually need one of those![/p][/quote]Good point. To use the Wikipedia definition of brownfield: "land previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses. The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up" When I played in the school football team and we played Bronte School, all I remember is wide open spaces! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Fri 25 Jul 14

BCFC1911 says...

Apollo wrote:
The sink estates of the future. Let's hope the houses do not have gardens that can be filled with rubbish bags, old furniture and mattresses.
My thoughts exactly

These houses will be filled with long term unemployed on housing benefit and will very quickly fall into disrepair as is the case with nearly all social housing. Coupled with the fact the houses are very cheaply made and you on a hiding to nothing
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: The sink estates of the future. Let's hope the houses do not have gardens that can be filled with rubbish bags, old furniture and mattresses.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly These houses will be filled with long term unemployed on housing benefit and will very quickly fall into disrepair as is the case with nearly all social housing. Coupled with the fact the houses are very cheaply made and you on a hiding to nothing BCFC1911
  • Score: 12

12:47pm Fri 25 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
Many people are incapable of typing the word "developer" without sticking the word "greedy" in front.

Developers are no more or less greedy than any other commercial enterprise.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]Many people are incapable of typing the word "developer" without sticking the word "greedy" in front. Developers are no more or less greedy than any other commercial enterprise. linebacker2
  • Score: 8

1:32pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Apollo says...

I wonder if they will be used to get any of the current crop of travelling scum off various playing fields in Bradford?

We seem to have a plague of them at the moment everywhere you look.

Police are useless as usual.

Police, VOSA, Customs and Excise, Environmental Health showed up and dipped a few tanks and impounded a few vehicles and they would soon be off.

But probably not to social housing.
I wonder if they will be used to get any of the current crop of travelling scum off various playing fields in Bradford? We seem to have a plague of them at the moment everywhere you look. Police are useless as usual. Police, VOSA, Customs and Excise, Environmental Health showed up and dipped a few tanks and impounded a few vehicles and they would soon be off. But probably not to social housing. Apollo
  • Score: 8

2:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

incommunities getting £2m more but only building 23 more houses, the maths seem a bit off to me?
some nice little bonuses eh?!!!
incommunities getting £2m more but only building 23 more houses, the maths seem a bit off to me? some nice little bonuses eh?!!! tinytoonster
  • Score: -7

2:51pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion. says...

tinytoonster wrote:
incommunities getting £2m more but only building 23 more houses, the maths seem a bit off to me?
some nice little bonuses eh?!!!
They are doing some restorations as well.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: incommunities getting £2m more but only building 23 more houses, the maths seem a bit off to me? some nice little bonuses eh?!!![/p][/quote]They are doing some restorations as well. Albion.
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

More EU immigrants in new homes
More EU immigrants in new homes bd7 helper
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Baildon girl says...

Would be nice if some of the rental homes could go to the hundreds of people who have been waiting for suitable accomodation for years rather than handing to priority cases, not that im saying they dont deserve anywhere but places in high demand such as the new homes in Baildon it would be nice if they could go to locals rather than outsiders which seems to be happening alot last few years in Baildon.
Would be nice if some of the rental homes could go to the hundreds of people who have been waiting for suitable accomodation for years rather than handing to priority cases, not that im saying they dont deserve anywhere but places in high demand such as the new homes in Baildon it would be nice if they could go to locals rather than outsiders which seems to be happening alot last few years in Baildon. Baildon girl
  • Score: 9

8:31pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Yet another grant from Central Government and again not a sign of any thanks from the Council.
Yet on the story about City Hall being closed, it's all the government's fault!
The Conservatives are slowly but surely getting the country back on its feet after the horror show that was the last Liebour government.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: Yet another grant from Central Government and again not a sign of any thanks from the Council. Yet on the story about City Hall being closed, it's all the government's fault![/p][/quote]The Conservatives are slowly but surely getting the country back on its feet after the horror show that was the last Liebour government. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 3

8:40pm Fri 25 Jul 14

NO51GET says...

collos25 wrote:
Avro wrote:
How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?
You are a bit of a dummy really,Those houses that are for sale will go to first in line with the money and those for rent will go to the people who are in line for a house in the housing list.
Immigrants then....??
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?[/p][/quote]You are a bit of a dummy really,Those houses that are for sale will go to first in line with the money and those for rent will go to the people who are in line for a house in the housing list.[/p][/quote]Immigrants then....?? NO51GET
  • Score: 5

11:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bobbyo says...

Avro wrote:
How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?
All of them avro, all of them!!
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: How many of the 500 will end up being allocated to EU migrants?[/p][/quote]All of them avro, all of them!! bobbyo
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

WILLIAM TONI says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?
Why do the anti development activists always quote the developers as greedy, I suppose If you were in business you would run your business at a loss.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: If the Council can build saleable homes on brownfields why can't the average greedy developer?[/p][/quote]Why do the anti development activists always quote the developers as greedy, I suppose If you were in business you would run your business at a loss. WILLIAM TONI
  • Score: -1

12:16am Mon 28 Jul 14

What?,when?,where? says...

Affordable/unafforda
ble. should not all dwellings be affordable, stupid wording. Just say cheaper houses, pc b/s
Affordable/unafforda ble. should not all dwellings be affordable, stupid wording. Just say cheaper houses, pc b/s What?,when?,where?
  • Score: 1

9:58am Mon 28 Jul 14

G_Firth says...

Here's the real deal that people don't know.
Less than 10% of that is going on social housing the rest of it, yes over 90% is going towards the private sector.
Why the hell are we giving away public money to the private sector to make a bigger profit.
In short this scheme is nothing more than defrauding the public of their money
Here's the real deal that people don't know. Less than 10% of that is going on social housing the rest of it, yes over 90% is going towards the private sector. Why the hell are we giving away public money to the private sector to make a bigger profit. In short this scheme is nothing more than defrauding the public of their money G_Firth
  • Score: 0

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