Housing, Heritage and Regeneration

Well-connected neighbourhoods with good quality homes, in places where people want to live.

Aim

Well-connected neighbourhoods which support inclusive growth with good quality homes, in places where people want to live.

What success will look like

Enabling housing growth and supporting our places to maximise their potential through effective place making that will leverage private sector investment. This approach recognises that people are not bound by geographies when choosing where they want to live incorporating other factors such as transport, access to jobs, education and community.

Priority projects delivered in our Spatial Priority Areas, urban centres and growth zones through the West Yorkshire Strategic Housing Pipeline which meet the needs of our communities.

More small and medium sized construction businesses being used to bring forward brownfield sites in urban centres and existing residential areas.

Strong strategic relationships with Homes England, Housing Associations and private developers with greater investment in housing which delivers well designed homes and neighbourhoods, a good quality choice across tenures and greater use of modern methods of construction.

Strengths

  • Unique town and city centres with strong industrial heritage
  • Great culture and countryside with a high quality of life offer
  • Planning permissions in place to deliver 50,000 homes across West Yorkshire
  • Relatively affordable housing market across most of the region
  • Continuous increase in levels of housing delivery over the last 5 years
  • Significant transport investment planned for the region that will unlock housing growth

Challenges

  • Development is not evenly spread across the region as lower value areas are less attractive for developers
  • Planning permissions for 30,000 homes in place on brownfield sites, which can be expensive to deliver due to lower viability
  • Complex major development sites requiring infrastructure, remediation and land assembly delaying delivery of new homes
  • Affordable housing needs are increasing with rising levels of homelessness and in work poverty
  • Housing development often has car dependency built in, through its location, density or design
  • High proportions of existing homes are poor quality and poorly insulated, built pre-war, making them expensive to repair and keep warm
  • A falling number of small and medium sized developers contributing to housing delivery

Policies and strategies

Who’s helping make this happen

  • We have strong relationships with partners including:
    o Housing Associations and the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
    o Five West Yorkshire Local Authorities
    o Homes England
    o MHCLG
    o Private developers 
  • The Place Panel provide advice and strategic direction on our policies and projects in relation to housing and regeneration. The panel is made up of both local councillors and representatives from local businesses.

What we are doing to make this happen

We are working in partnership across the region to support delivery through:

  • Development of the West Yorkshire Strategic Housing Pipeline, which brings together the priority sites from across the region which require public sector intervention to address delivery barriers and leverage private investment
  • Delivery of the Brownfield Housing Fund Programme, which will commence development of a minimum of 4500 new homes for West Yorkshire by March 2025.
  • Provision of expert urban design support to partners to achieve high quality place-making
  • Delivery of the One Public Estate programme, to better maximise use of public sector assets across the region
    Working with Historic England and Homes England to repurpose historic buildings e.g. for Rutland Mill, Wakefield
  • Working to unlock housing and regeneration through transport investment. Transport Fund has so far helped unlock priority sites such as Kirkstall Forge (new rail station and access road), Wakefield City Fields (Wakefield Eastern Relief Road), and York Central (Newton Bar)

Examples of investment projects

Through Growth Deal funding we are also investing in priority housing and regeneration projects such as:

  • Halifax Beech Hill: This project is to assist with the demolition of three high-rise tower blocks and Stannary Depot with a view to developing the delivery of new housing development in its place. The funding will principally focus on Phase 1 of the regeneration project; this will include the construction of 114 homes, of which over 50% will be affordable. Urban design advice for this project helped to reduce car dominance and improved connectivity for walking and cycling.
  • New Bolton Woods: The New Bolton Woods regeneration scheme is being delivered through a Public Private Partnership. Our support will ensure private sector engagement in delivery of 145 new homes by 2021 at New Bolton Woods, part of a mixed-use regeneration scheme to create an urban village with over 1,000 new homes in the central segment of the Bradford Shipley Canal Road Corridor regeneration area. The BSCRC aims to deliver 3,000 homes by 2025.

How this will meet our priorities

Boosting productivity

  • Delivering 10,000 to 13,000 new homes in the Leeds City Region per year to support economic growth

Tackling the climate emergency

  • Creating people centred growth through a clean, high quality development approach
  • Promoting and supporting Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

Enabling inclusive growth

  • Building inclusive neighbourhoods for towns and cities of the future working collectively with our Housing Association partners
  • Putting people first: quality of place is as important as important as delivery of new homes. New housing has to be a good offer in places where people choose to live

Delivering 21st century transport

  • Maximise investment in transport infrastructure - including national schemes - to accelerate good quality, people-centred development

Securing money and powers

  • Investment in new and existing stock is desperately needed to realise these ambitions and respond to the challenge of climate emergency. Our housing and regeneration asks are aligned to our longer-term ambitions to deliver growth and create connected inclusive communities.

Page last updated: 30/04/2021