Gareth Jackson

18th March 2016

Planning Permission Granted for New Affordable Homes Scheme

Planning permission has been granted for the development of 11 No. older persons flats and 2 x 3 bed family houses for affordable rent in Horsforth, Leeds.

The site, which has lain vacant since the 1960s, has been bequeathed to Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) by Horsforth Flower Fund will provide much needed affordable housing in line with the terms of the legacy. Funding to support the scheme is being provided by Leeds City Council through Right to Buy replacement grant funding.

LYHA has an enviable record in providing good quality housing for its customers and has done so for a number of years. Their recent development at St Ann’s Lane, Burley is testament to their commitment to providing new homes in Leeds which is one of their key areas of growth focus. The homes in Horsforth will provide a rare opportunity to provide much-needed affordable housing in this area.

The development as a whole is designed to be robust, durable, low maintenance and energy efficient. Externally, the walls will be of pitch-faced natural sandstone with art stone dressed-face detailing.. Windows and doors will be timber/aluminium hybrid in dark grey to contrast with the stone. The lift and stair core of the apartments will be faced in dark grey fibre-cement cladding arranged in vertical bands. The roof will be riven fibre-cement, which not only gives a crisp look but also ensures dressing is easier in order to deal with the number of roof junctions proposed. All of which reflects the industrial heritage of the area whilst setting-off the stone and helping to reduce build costs.