Government funding for more than 600 new homes in Leeds

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More than 600 new homes are set to be developed in Leeds following government approval for two schemes in the city.

Approval of more than £7m from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund has been confirmed to support the development of new housing at land to the east of Otley and at Roundhay Road in Chapeltown.

Together, the two schemes are capable of delivering 614 new homes in total, of which more than 200 will be affordable housing.

The bid for the funding was made by Leeds City Council working with the developers for each site.

At Roundhay Road, a partnership formed between Unity Housing Association and Chapeltown Co-housing (ChaCo) will benefit from a grant of £990k to build affordable apartments for over-55s alongside a new project led by local people to create a co-housing scheme along with self-build opportunities.

At Otley, developer Persimmon Homes is working with other landowners in bringing forward the critical infrastructure proposals for the site, which as a long-standing part of the city’s agreed planning strategy is allocated for the development of 550 new homes as well as a new primary school, employment uses and greenspace.

Funding of £6.3m will enable construction of the 1.5 kilometre East of Otley Relief Road that will, subject to planning permissions, allow housing development to start by providing an eastern bypass that will relieve traffic pressure on Otley town centre.

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