Progress for housing infrastructure bids welcomed

Progress for housing infrastructure bids welcomed

The success of major housing projects in moving to the next stage of development with the Government has been welcomed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government today confirmed proposals put forward by the Combined Authority at sites in Leeds City Centre, Dewsbury Riverside and Castleford are among bids from 44 areas to the Housing Infrastructure Fund which will be taken forward for further development.

The Combined Authority is seeking �135 million to build infrastructure including roads, bridges, schools and health facilities to support the construction of 21,381 homes at sites in Leeds City Centre and Dewsbury Riverside.

A further �17.5 million is sought to unlock sites in the Aire River Growth Corridor Housing Zone for the construction of 3,100 homes.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: �Ensuring the region has the homes to meet the needs of local people is an essential part of our plan to grow the economy faster and in a way that benefits all our communities.

�We welcome progress for these bids which could support the construction of more than 24,000 homes for local families through infrastructure including roads, schools and health facilities, making a significant contribution to tackling the national housing shortage.

�Further discussions will now take place and I hope the Government will match our ambition to build homes in well-connected communities which meet the needs of our residents and support economic growth.�