£300k grant brings Armley community homes plan step closer

New community led homes could be built in Armley.

By John Baron

Plans for 34 community led affordable homes in Armley have been boosted by a £300,000 grant by Leeds City Council.

Independent community land trust Leeds Community Homes aims to build the new energy efficient new properties off Mistress Lane and are running a £500,000 community share offer to enable work to start at the site.

The project will deliver a mixture of one, two and three bedroom homes and apartments on an area of currently vacant land near the centre of Armley.

A council report has revealed that the council has approved funding of up to £300,000 to support Leeds Community Homes to deliver 34 new affordable homes for social rent at Mistress Lane. The grant comes from money paid to the council by housing developers through what are called ‘section 106 legal agreements’.

The site of the community-led housing development in Mistress Lane

These homes are due to be a mix of flats and family houses for rent and sale, plus a shared communal space. They will be insulated to a high standard and also include solar panels (PV), air source heat pumps and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems for all the homes, meaning that they will have a much lower carbon impact than most new and existing buildings. Residents will see this benefit in lower energy bills. 

Work is due to start on the site in April 2024.

The full council report can be read here.

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