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Published by Kathy Burke for Yorkshire Housing in Housing and also in Central Government, Local Government

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP with Healey Gardens resident Johanna Hemmingway and daughter Lilly-Rose. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP with Healey Gardens resident Johanna Hemmingway and daughter Lilly-Rose.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP called round to see Batley resident mum-of -five Johanna Hemmingway for a cup of tea during a visit to Yorkshire Housing‘s new Healey Gardens development.

The Minister visited Healey Gardens to open the scheme of 49 affordable houses from Yorkshire’s biggest developing housing association. The two, three and four bedroom homes were built on disused land and will help address the need for more affordable family homes in North Kirklees. All of the homes have been let with demand far exceeding supply.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP said: “I was pleased to meet Joanna and her family who are clearly settling into their new home.

“We’ve invested £19.5billion public and private funding into our affordable homes programme precisely for families like Johanna’s, and in the last four years we’ve already delivered nearly 200,000 affordable homes.

“But I want to go even further, and the investment we have planned for the future will help us towards achieving the fastest rate of affordable housebuilding for two decades.”

Ms Hemingway, lives with her partner Jonni Parrish and five children in a new four bedroom home which she rents at 80% of market value from Yorkshire Housing’s Space property.

Ms Hemingway said: “When I moved in I didn’t expect a government minister to be calling round for a cup of tea. However it has been great to show the Minister round and tell him about our new home.

“We needed to move because our previous landlord was selling up. I’m absolutely delighted with this house; it’s really spacious and great home to raise a family in. Location wise it’s close to the children’s school and the rugby club, and we’re also near family. It’s brilliant to have the security of knowing we can stay here as long as we want.”

The £5.4m development, part-funded by a £1.2m Homes and Communities Agency grant, was built by Partner Construction.  The homes feature spacious rooms and are built to Code Three Sustainable Homes standard to keep customer energy bills down.

Chief Executive of Yorkshire Housing Mervyn Jones said: “Healey Gardens has provided nearly fifty families with a good-quality home they can afford, which meets their needs. These properties were in high demand, illustrating why more schemes like this should be built. At the moment there are too many families living in unsuitable properties because they are priced out the local market. Yorkshire Housing is committed to doing its bit – each year we create over 300 new affordable homes.”

Half of the homes at Healey Gardens were let through thorough Space Property to working people on low incomes with rent set at eighty per cent of the market value. The remaining properties were let thorough Yorkshire Housing. Homes were allocated to people with housing need and a connection to the local area.



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