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Councillor John Hall in call over plans for 136 new homes in Windhill
A councillor is seeking assurances that local residents in “sub-standard” homes will get priority when new ones are built on a deprived estate.
Windhill councillor John Hall said he welcomed the plans of Incommunities and developer Keepmoat Homes to build 136 new homes in the area.
But he warned there would be “fierce competition” from people living on the estate keen to upgrade.
Out of the 136 homes about only 30 will be run by Incommunities – the rest will be sold privately.
Coun Hall was speaking after Incommunities and Keepmoat Homes revealed more information about the homes they are set to build on three sites in the Westroyd and Woodend Crescent area.
Coun Hall (Lib Dem) said: “The new homes will be in great demand. There are a lot of people currently in less-salubrious homes who will want to be re-housed.
“People will want to know if they will be prioritised or what criteria there will be.”
Land at the Woodend Crescent site was once occupied by flats that were described as the worst in Bradford until they were bulldozed in 2005.
Coun Hall said: “The new properties will also help raise the tone of the area. We hope people will take pride in those new homes and look after them.”
At Wednesday’s Windhill and Wrose Neighbourhood Forum some residents also raised concerns about how “already stretched” police in the area will cope once the new hopes are built.
Ward councillor Susan Hinchliffe (Lab) said: “It’s common knowledge that resources are already stretched and people wanted to know what impact this would have but it seemed it wasn’t thought it would be a problem.”
Work is due to start at the beginning of 2012 with the first houses ready for occupation by 2015.
An Incommunities spokesman said: “We anticipate the affordable homes for Incommunities planned at Woodend will, on completion, be made available through our homes choice based lettings scheme and local people will be able to bid through this system.”
- Read the full story in Tuesday's T&A