Top prize for Bradford's Chain Street homes back from the brink

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Incommunities’ Geraldine Howley speaking at the opening of the Chain Street development with the Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Khadim Hussain Incommunities’ Geraldine Howley speaking at the opening of the Chain Street development with the Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Khadim Hussain

A housing scheme which brought a run-down part of the city “back from the brink” has been recognised as one of the best in the country.

A multi-million pound transformation of the Chain Street area of Goitside is well under way.

So far a row of 36 outdated flats, once dubbed Death Row by locals, have been remodelled into 16 popular family-size homes in a £1.26 million regeneration scheme.

This work, run by social landlord Incommunities, Bradford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, has now won the praise of social housing magazine Inside Housing.

The project has just been named in the magazine’s list of the Top 50 affordable homes developments in the UK.

And the next phase of the scheme, to build 32 new houses where outdated blocks of flats once stood, is due to begin today.

The homes will be built by Barnfield Construction, which will sell ten of the properties. A further 12 will be privately rented through the firm QLM and the remaining ten will be used for social housing and let out through Incommunities. Bradford Council is supplying £707,000 in funding and the Homes and Communities Agency has given a further grant worth £234,000. Also in the pipeline is a new “linear park”, complete with a town square and eye-catching boulevard, planned for the heart of the regeneration project.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group chief executive said: “We are delighted that our Chain Street conversion has been recognised in this prestigious Top 50 listing supported by the Homes and Communities Agency.

“This has been a unique development providing the first family-sized city centre housing in many years.

“We are now looking forward to a new chapter in the transformation of the area with work starting on phase two in partnership with Bradford Council, the HCA and developers.”

Councillor Val Slater, executive member for housing, transport and planning at Bradford Council, said: “It’s the exciting next step in bringing the Goitside area back from the brink to be a desirable part of the city, especially with the proposed green way into the city centre.

“It is an important piece of the jigsaw in the wide regeneration of the whole of the Bradford city centre.”

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1:00pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

So it is most welcome that Chain Street has been rescued from the vandals and vermin and will rise again as a desirable – and more importantly, affordable – place to live right in the heart of Bradford.


Correct me if I'm wrong: who let out the area to the 'vermin and vandals' in the first place? Yes Bradford Council housing department followed by Bradford community housing trust and now it's known as Incommunities. All these had Geraldine howley working for them I believe. Now this is the irony; I work near this chain st area and can say that for the last 15 years atleast, the various housing providers have allowed
This area to be full of 'vermin and vandals' so that they can only clean it up later! This area is of great historical importance which has been let
Down by the respective housing providers, wether or not a name change for the housing provider will fool the public of Bradford is another story which the telegraph and argus will never look into.

My experience of this housing assoc in its various guises is that it falls short of what people voted for in the so call democratic voting of stock transfer: just ask any of it's older residents associations...I think chain st had one run by a lovely lady called Ann.
So it is most welcome that Chain Street has been rescued from the vandals and vermin and will rise again as a desirable – and more importantly, affordable – place to live right in the heart of Bradford. Correct me if I'm wrong: who let out the area to the 'vermin and vandals' in the first place? Yes Bradford Council housing department followed by Bradford community housing trust and now it's known as Incommunities. All these had Geraldine howley working for them I believe. Now this is the irony; I work near this chain st area and can say that for the last 15 years atleast, the various housing providers have allowed This area to be full of 'vermin and vandals' so that they can only clean it up later! This area is of great historical importance which has been let Down by the respective housing providers, wether or not a name change for the housing provider will fool the public of Bradford is another story which the telegraph and argus will never look into. My experience of this housing assoc in its various guises is that it falls short of what people voted for in the so call democratic voting of stock transfer: just ask any of it's older residents associations...I think chain st had one run by a lovely lady called Ann. Not so simple
  • Score: 8

1:04pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Secondly I'm surprised that we are allowed to comment on this topic at all
Secondly I'm surprised that we are allowed to comment on this topic at all Not so simple
  • Score: 10

1:50pm Mon 7 Apr 14

basil fawlty says...

Not so simple wrote:
So it is most welcome that Chain Street has been rescued from the vandals and vermin and will rise again as a desirable – and more importantly, affordable – place to live right in the heart of Bradford. Correct me if I'm wrong: who let out the area to the 'vermin and vandals' in the first place? Yes Bradford Council housing department followed by Bradford community housing trust and now it's known as Incommunities. All these had Geraldine howley working for them I believe. Now this is the irony; I work near this chain st area and can say that for the last 15 years atleast, the various housing providers have allowed This area to be full of 'vermin and vandals' so that they can only clean it up later! This area is of great historical importance which has been let Down by the respective housing providers, wether or not a name change for the housing provider will fool the public of Bradford is another story which the telegraph and argus will never look into. My experience of this housing assoc in its various guises is that it falls short of what people voted for in the so call democratic voting of stock transfer: just ask any of it's older residents associations...I think chain st had one run by a lovely lady called Ann.
I think the Chain Street area has been typical of a lot of areas around Bradford where the people managing or letting housing and flats have neglected to properly manage and maintain the properties. I suspect one of the prime reasons for the neglect is the inadequate performance of officers working at Bradford Council when they have been faced with planning and environmetal issues.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: So it is most welcome that Chain Street has been rescued from the vandals and vermin and will rise again as a desirable – and more importantly, affordable – place to live right in the heart of Bradford. Correct me if I'm wrong: who let out the area to the 'vermin and vandals' in the first place? Yes Bradford Council housing department followed by Bradford community housing trust and now it's known as Incommunities. All these had Geraldine howley working for them I believe. Now this is the irony; I work near this chain st area and can say that for the last 15 years atleast, the various housing providers have allowed This area to be full of 'vermin and vandals' so that they can only clean it up later! This area is of great historical importance which has been let Down by the respective housing providers, wether or not a name change for the housing provider will fool the public of Bradford is another story which the telegraph and argus will never look into. My experience of this housing assoc in its various guises is that it falls short of what people voted for in the so call democratic voting of stock transfer: just ask any of it's older residents associations...I think chain st had one run by a lovely lady called Ann.[/p][/quote]I think the Chain Street area has been typical of a lot of areas around Bradford where the people managing or letting housing and flats have neglected to properly manage and maintain the properties. I suspect one of the prime reasons for the neglect is the inadequate performance of officers working at Bradford Council when they have been faced with planning and environmetal issues. basil fawlty
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I see it as the council back slapping themselves after letting the place rot. Throwing people they deem as undesirables into one area doesn't work. They did the same with Sloane Square and that has since been sorted. In the 70/80s they tried it with the larger estates but parts have been regenerated.
But whats all this grants business, is it another term for brown paper envelopes?
I see it as the council back slapping themselves after letting the place rot. Throwing people they deem as undesirables into one area doesn't work. They did the same with Sloane Square and that has since been sorted. In the 70/80s they tried it with the larger estates but parts have been regenerated. But whats all this grants business, is it another term for brown paper envelopes? Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Drove through the area at the weekend having parked near the Harp of Erin before the BCFC game, it has been transformed by the work done on these dwellings. Well done to all concerned, an excellent job and many happy people living in them I would imagine!!!!!
Drove through the area at the weekend having parked near the Harp of Erin before the BCFC game, it has been transformed by the work done on these dwellings. Well done to all concerned, an excellent job and many happy people living in them I would imagine!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

2:42pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Similar rubbed down areas include lower grange and brace well road areas of Allerton as well as the hendford drive and amberley street areas of Bd3. Many other areas exist as example and it won't be wrong to mention the Manchester road flats as another area
Similar rubbed down areas include lower grange and brace well road areas of Allerton as well as the hendford drive and amberley street areas of Bd3. Many other areas exist as example and it won't be wrong to mention the Manchester road flats as another area Not so simple
  • Score: 4

5:50pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Not so simple wrote:
So it is most welcome that Chain Street has been rescued from the vandals and vermin and will rise again as a desirable – and more importantly, affordable – place to live right in the heart of Bradford. Correct me if I'm wrong: who let out the area to the 'vermin and vandals' in the first place? Yes Bradford Council housing department followed by Bradford community housing trust and now it's known as Incommunities. All these had Geraldine howley working for them I believe. Now this is the irony; I work near this chain st area and can say that for the last 15 years atleast, the various housing providers have allowed This area to be full of 'vermin and vandals' so that they can only clean it up later! This area is of great historical importance which has been let Down by the respective housing providers, wether or not a name change for the housing provider will fool the public of Bradford is another story which the telegraph and argus will never look into. My experience of this housing assoc in its various guises is that it falls short of what people voted for in the so call democratic voting of stock transfer: just ask any of it's older residents associations...I think chain st had one run by a lovely lady called Ann.
I think the Chain Street area has been typical of a lot of areas around Bradford where the people managing or letting housing and flats have neglected to properly manage and maintain the properties. I suspect one of the prime reasons for the neglect is the inadequate performance of officers working at Bradford Council when they have been faced with planning and environmetal issues.
Irony is it's the same people who worked with the council that allowed this to happen are the same people who are now slapping each other's backs ! This is beyond a joke and suggests that the people of Bradford have allowed this to happen by not kicking out the embedded rot which had taken ahold of
Bradford and it's services at All levels.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: So it is most welcome that Chain Street has been rescued from the vandals and vermin and will rise again as a desirable – and more importantly, affordable – place to live right in the heart of Bradford. Correct me if I'm wrong: who let out the area to the 'vermin and vandals' in the first place? Yes Bradford Council housing department followed by Bradford community housing trust and now it's known as Incommunities. All these had Geraldine howley working for them I believe. Now this is the irony; I work near this chain st area and can say that for the last 15 years atleast, the various housing providers have allowed This area to be full of 'vermin and vandals' so that they can only clean it up later! This area is of great historical importance which has been let Down by the respective housing providers, wether or not a name change for the housing provider will fool the public of Bradford is another story which the telegraph and argus will never look into. My experience of this housing assoc in its various guises is that it falls short of what people voted for in the so call democratic voting of stock transfer: just ask any of it's older residents associations...I think chain st had one run by a lovely lady called Ann.[/p][/quote]I think the Chain Street area has been typical of a lot of areas around Bradford where the people managing or letting housing and flats have neglected to properly manage and maintain the properties. I suspect one of the prime reasons for the neglect is the inadequate performance of officers working at Bradford Council when they have been faced with planning and environmetal issues.[/p][/quote]Irony is it's the same people who worked with the council that allowed this to happen are the same people who are now slapping each other's backs ! This is beyond a joke and suggests that the people of Bradford have allowed this to happen by not kicking out the embedded rot which had taken ahold of Bradford and it's services at All levels. Not so simple
  • Score: -2

5:56pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Drove through the area at the weekend having parked near the Harp of Erin before the BCFC game, it has been transformed by the work done on these dwellings. Well done to all concerned, an excellent job and many happy people living in them I would imagine!!!!!
Drove through the area at the weekend having parked near the Harp of Erin before the BCFC game, it has been transformed by the work done on these dwellings. Well done to all concerned, an excellent job and many happy people living in them I would imagine!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

10:05pm Tue 8 Apr 14

schroeder says...

Not so simple wrote:
Secondly I'm surprised that we are allowed to comment on this topic at all
why?
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Secondly I'm surprised that we are allowed to comment on this topic at all[/p][/quote]why? schroeder
  • Score: 0

10:10pm Tue 8 Apr 14

schroeder says...

They do look really good! It will be great when the whose area is finished off. Well done to all those involved.
They do look really good! It will be great when the whose area is finished off. Well done to all those involved. schroeder
  • Score: 0

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