Investment boost for North Halifax

Work has started on the construction of 45 new affordable homes at the Dudleys estate, Illingworth.

This scheme will deliver the final phase of the Dudleys development and also complete the wider regeneration of the area by building on three vacant demolition sites.

Calderdale Council is working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Home Group, Yorkshire Housing and local developer Southdale to transform the site.

The new affordable homes will be a mixture of two and three bedroom homes for rent, with rent levels expected to range between £78 and £98 per week respectively. Good sustainability levels will be achieved through a ‘fabric-first’ approach.

The scheme is due to be completed by August 2013, and the first 18 properties are expected to be available from March 2013.

The scheme will benefit from £4 million of investment, in addition to the related employment and investment that comes with the building of new houses. This includes £1 million of investment secured from the HCA and a £250,000 contribution from Calderdale Council to ensure this last piece of the Dudleys jigsaw goes ahead to provide much needed affordable housing. The investment has led to the creation and safeguarding of 40 jobs and additional training opportunities for local young people Southdale has employed five new apprentices.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:

“Im delighted that the Council has invested in new homes and jobs to complete this scheme. Set alongside the new Trinity Academy, the new Morrisons store and the transformation of Mixenden flats through energy efficient cladding, we are seeing a surge of investment and change in North Halifax.”

Elsewhere in Calderdale, more than £17 million worth of building is underway, which will provide 127 new affordable homes in Elland, Todmorden, Halifax and Luddenden.

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