Council boasts of '10,000 new homes' by 2023

Council boasts of '10,000 new homes' by 2023
By Tony Earnshaw 
Local Democracy Reporter

KIRKLEES Council is on track to build 10,000 new homes by 2023. 

Last month alone saw approval given to 600 homes – around a third of the authority’s annual target.

Deputy leader of the council Peter McBride (pictured) said “a significant number” of the homes being built were prefabricated units to “minimise energy use”.

The council adopted its Local Plan last February which includes 31,000 homes, many on green belt. It equates to building 1,730 homes a year.

The council has committed to making at least 20 per cent of the total “affordable” and to deliver extra care provision. Of the sites  41 are council-owned.

Outlining progress at  Cabinet, Coun McBride said: “The report shows exactly what we have chosen for all of our major sites and gives us an update on success so far.

“The evidence is strong that the momentum of the plan and the delivery programme of the council are quickly coming to fruition.”

Among the schemes approved last month was a 67-home estate off Granny Lane in Lower Hopton, which is notorious for flooding and has drawn mass protests.

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