Celebration of Harrogate’s newest address
Published by Kathy Burke for Yorkshire Housing in Housing
Some of the guests that attended the opening event
An opening event was held to celebrate Harrogate’s newest address, Grey Hill Road, which boasts a range of homes at below-market rents.
Yorkshire Housing has invested £1.5m in the new development fronting Ripon Road. The development has been supported by Harrogate Borough Council and part-funded by a £273,000 Homes and Communities Agency grant.
Aimed at local workers and others in need of low cost rented housing, the stone-fronted block of eight apartments is designed in keeping with the neighbouring Victorian terraces, whilst the five houses, across the cul-de-sac are built in red-brick to mirror other near-by properties.
Recent research by Shelter shows that house price inflation since 1997 has far outstripped wage increases, with the greatest regional gap in Harrogate. This means that increasing numbers of local people are excluded from the housing market.
Yorkshire Housing New Business and Development Director Ged Walsh said: “Harrogate is a desirable place to live but local people on lower or even average incomes are finding themselves priced out. These new properties offer a more affordable option without compromising on quality or location. We worked with local companies to design and build the properties to make sure money from the project stays in the area.”
Councillor Mike Chambers, Cabinet Member for Housing at Harrogate Borough Council, said: “We have nearly 2,500 people registered on the Council’s housing waiting list, many of whom work locally. This development gives us the opportunity to help them and others in housing need at prices they can afford. The below-market rents also allow local workers to save for a deposit if they hope to buy one day.”
The properties are environmentally sustainable with high-grade insulation and energy efficient boilers to help residents keep their fuel bills down. Some have rooftop panels which generate electricity. All homes have Secured by Design accreditation with window locks and strong doors to increase home security.
The properties were developed in partnership with Knaresborough-based construction company Futurelease, Harrogate-based PCP, Brewster Bye Architects, Strategic Team Group and Bernard Williams Associates.