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Leeds affordable homes provider extends reach

A Leeds-based housing association is on the verge of opening a new £1.2 million affordable housing project in Huddersfield.

Unity Homes and Enterprise will shortly complete nine family homes for affordable rent on a former garage site in the Quarmby area of the town.

This is Unity’s second affordable homes development in Huddersfield.   It also owns and manages a scheme of flats at Fartown.

The new development comprises six semi-detached two-bedroomed properties and three terraced houses with three bedrooms apiece.

Ali Akbor, chief executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, said: “Unity has a well-earned reputation for delivering the highest quality affordable homes.  The new properties certainly meet that standard. The internal fit out is now well underway.  This will be followed by external works which includes pathways, fencing and turfing.

“I have no doubt that the prospective tenants will be delighted with their new homes and we look forward to welcoming them into the Unity family.

“We are proud to have played a part in improving people’s lives for more than three decades.  Most of our work has focused on Leeds, but we are glad to be on the cusp of opening our second scheme in Huddersfield.

“Working in partnership with the Council, we hope to significantly broaden our footprint in Kirklees in the years ahead.”

Mr Akbor was joined on a site visit by the Leader of Kirklees Council, Coun Shabir Pandor, and the council’s cabinet member for Housing, Coun Cathy Scott.

Coun Shabir Pandor said: “It was excellent. The properties are really good, very spacious and will meet the needs of our residents and communities. It’s a really inspiring development.”

Coun Cathy Scott said: “The development is a good example of successful co-design with partners who have specific expertise and ability. With a shortage of affordable homes, Quarmby Road is a valuable contribution to our wider plans as part increasing available housing across Kirklees.”


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