LYHA building homes for affordable rent in Barnsley
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association has announced it is to build 27 homes for affordable rent in a £2.2 million investment in property in Barnsley.
The 21 two-bed houses and 6 three-bedroom homes will be available for general needs affordable rent when LYHA finishes construction on the site of the former leisure centre on Newstead Road in the Athersley area of Barnsley in March 2015.
LYHA worked in partnership with Barnsley Council on the acquisition of the land, having become one of the council’s preferred development partners in 2012. A range of Yorkshire-based companies have been recruited for the project including lead contractor, Halifax-based Southdale, who will transform the site using local labour.
Leeds-based architects Acanthus WSM has designed the scheme which includes enhanced architectural features whilst remaining in keeping with the area. Cost consultancy for the project was provided by dba Management Consultancy of Doncaster.
The homes will be built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes which aims to reduce both running costs and carbon emissions for each property.
Lisa Pickard, LYHA’s chief executive, said: "We are delighted to be bringing these high-quality affordable homes to Barnsley. These properties are much needed in the local area and will benefit from being both economical to run and having a low environmental impact.
"This project is exciting for us on many levels representing the first time we have undertaken the full build process on newly acquired land in our history and we plan to continue to grow our business in this way in our core areas of Leeds, Whitby and Barnsley. This will be supplemented with S106 properties from other developers in the right locations."
The photo shows Trudie McCormack, North East region managing director at Southdale, Gillian Williams, affordable housing enabler at Barnsley Council and Lisa Pickard at LYHA’s site at Newstead Road in Athersley.