A ROAD in a new housing estate will be named Ian Greenwood Way, after Bradford Council's former leader.

Social housing provider Incommunities are currently building forty family-sized homes for rent on the site of a cleared housing site at Bolton Woods.

Cllr Greenwood, who was also an Incommunities board member, died in 2018.

Fletcher Lane is an existing street that leads to the development, and a request to re-name the road after Cllr Greenwood was approved by Bradford Council's Shipley Area Committee on Wednesday.

The Bolton Woods phase 2 development, off Livingston Road, will be a mix of two and three bedroom homes using timber framed construction, with some built as three storey houses.

Each home will have their own electric charging point and individual parking spaces. 

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Bird and bat boxes will be fitted to the properties to ensure local wildlife flourishes in the area.

Twenty-four homes for rent were completed in at Bolton Woods in 2019 as part of phase one.

The £5.6 million development is being supported through Homes England’s Affordable Homes Programme and is due to be completed in the Summer.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to see this development taking shape and welcome Bradford Council’s decision to name one of the roads onto the site in tribute to Ian.

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“Ian was passionate about delivering good quality housing for everyone and served Incommunities, Bradford Council and the city’s communities with distinction. Our Bolton Woods development will be a fitting legacy to his service and I look forward to new tenants moving into their smart new homes over the coming months.

Angela Perry, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “We are looking forward to the completion of our latest affordable homes which will add to the exciting regeneration of the Bolton Woods area.

“The development will transform the site which previously housed six hard-to-let blocks of flats and create modern energy efficient accommodation people will be proud to call home.”

Cllr Greenwood was twice leader of Bradford Council, and represented Little Horton ward as a Labour councillor from 1995 to 2012. He returned to the Council in May 2018 year to represent Bolton and Undercliffe ward.

He had previously served as a county councillor on West Yorkshire County Council, and was also on dozens of panels on Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for services to local government.