Calls for more housing for elderly in Pudsey

22 March 2019

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A senior Conservative councillor is calling on Leeds City Council to do more to provide houses for the elderly in towns including Pudsey.

A motion, known as a white paper, is set to be put to a full Leeds City Council meeting next week by Coun Barry Anderson (Cons, Adel & Wharfedale).

It claims more should be done to provide elderly people with assisted living schemes. Members of the council will vote on whether to adopt the motion.

The motion reads:

“This council believes that more could be done to deliver additional extra care and specialist housing for older people in Leeds.

“Council notes the work done in recent years to deliver extra care housing schemes through the HRA but believes that through better use of council assets and public sector owned land and by giving more priority to older people’s housing schemes more of this type of housing could be delivered to communities in Leeds.

“This is a particular concern in outer areas and in towns such as Wetherby, Pudsey, Horsforth, Guiseley and Otley.

“Council believes that by providing more specialist homes of this nature, family homes and homes for first time buyers would organically come onto the housing market which would provide much needed ownership opportunities for families and younger people seeking to buy either their first home or their first family home.

“Council regrets the complete absence of administration councillors speaking on the accessibility requirements on new housing developments at the Core Strategy Selective Review.

“This Council calls for a new approach to this agenda to start with a report to be brought to executive board examining how the delivery of extra care and specialist housing for older people could be enhanced and accelerated and how this approach could free up other homes to address housing need across the city.”

All 99 members of the council will vote on whether to adopt the motion at a meeting on Wednesday, March 27.

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