Work begins on 145 new homes as regeneration continues at New Bolton Woods

23 March 2018

Work has started on enabling works to prepare land for 145 new homes at New Bolton Woods, as part of the second phase of a £150m regeneration masterplan for the area.

The homes are being delivered by homebuilder Keepmoat Homes in partnership with Canal Road Urban Village Ltd (CRUVL), a regeneration company formed by Urbo Regeneration Limited and the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Land preparation is being funded through a £3.6m grant from the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region. Enabling works will accelerate construction of properties on the 5.66 hectare site. Keepmoat is providing the remaining £21.2m funding for this phase of development.

The area, based between Bradford and Shipley, is undergoing a long-term transformation with up to 1,000 homes and a range of community facilities, including a health centre and primary school, being delivered as part of the scheme. Fifty homes have already been built on site, 30 of which are rented social housing.

A ground-breaking ceremony organised by Keepmoat Homes and attended by representatives from CRUVL and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority marked the start of work on the 145 new homes Keepmoat is delivering.

Ian Hoad, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We are delighted to be delivering high-quality, beautiful homes at New Bolton Woods, which will support the incredible transformation taking place in the area.

“We are building two, three and four bed homes for open market sale which will be perfect for families and first-time buyers, with Bradford City based just 2.5 miles away and a whole range of community facilities in the pipeline.

“The development will provide much needed housing but will also help to re-generate the neighbourhood and bring new life to the area. We will be working with the local community throughout the project, including offering work placements and site visits to students at local schools and colleges.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council said: “While West Yorkshire’s undulating and often spectacular geography and views are distinct bonuses for people who live and work here, they can also pose costly challenges for house building. This is particularly the case on sites needing new infrastructure.

“West Yorkshire Combined Authority is tackling this head on in Bradford and beyond by investing in preparing land to speed up the building of new homes. This will ensure our awe-inspiring landscape and industrial heritage are selling points for our communities and not hindrances to our success.

“I look forward to seeing the first homes being built on site on this second phase of development at New Bolton Woods through the council’s joint venture relationship with Urbo Regeneration and Keepmoat Homes and to welcoming the first families who move in to what will no doubt be an exciting urban community.”

Local Growth and Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, said: “Working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Government growth deal funding is delivering regeneration across the region, whilst building the homes this country needs in a rapidly growing Northern Powerhouse economy.”

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “The LEP and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have ambitious house building and economic growth targets.

“By investing in housing infrastructure, we are preparing the ground not only for developers to build new houses but also for future economic growth for all where local people can benefit from better homes, improved access to jobs and a better quality of life.”

Prices for the new homes will start from just £120,000 for a two bedroom property and up to £200,000 for a four bedroom detached home.

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