A former eyesore at the heart of Bramley is set to enjoy a new lease of life when eight new houses open in October.
The development of eight, two bedroom houses, on the former Lord Cardigan pub site at the corner of Hough Lane and Town Street will be called Cardigan Green.
In a report recently signed off by housing chiefs, the council is pledging to give priority for the hosues to Bramley people after it was revealed there were 400 on the council housing list in the area.
Four had been on the waiting list for ten years.
The report adds:
“The council wishes to overcome the perception that the current lettings policy is unfair to tenants who have been on the housing register for a long time and who feel they have little hope of being rehoused ahead of others in housing need.
“For this reason, the council proposes to give preference for the lettings of the new build homes to existing Leeds city council tenants who have a connection to the local area and can demonstrate an excellent tenancy record. This approach has the benefit of releasing additional council properties for rent, which will be re-let to other customers on the housing register.”
The former Lord Cardigan pub was demolished in 2012 as part of the council’s derelict and nuisance property programme.
The site is currently being transformed with eight new two-bedroom homes by Wortley-based developers RDF Building Services.
The council agreed to buy the properties from the developer last year to help meet local housing needs.