New partnership brings 82 affordable homes to Castleford

Published 21 January 2021

WDH is working with Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA) to provide 82 new homes on previously unused land at Pemberton Road in Castleford.

The homes will be built by Esh Construction, who are due to break ground in the coming weeks. The £9.2 million pound scheme will provide new homes for affordable rent and for sale through shared ownership, with 39 of these managed by WDH and 43 managed by LFHA.

Designed by Leeds-based Brewster Bye Architects and supported with Homes England funding, a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses will be constructed as well as four bungalows. The scheme will transform a 2.2-hectare patch of unused grassland on Pemberton Road, which LFHA successfully purchased from Wakefield Council in 2020.

Esh Construction’s affordable housing division has been appointed as the design and build contractor to deliver the development. The work includes new road construction and delivering all associated external works in partnership with Brewster Bye Architects, BWA (Europe) Ltd and Walker Ingram Associates.

Sue Young, WDH's Executive Director of Investment, said: "As a business we are always looking for opportunities to provide high quality homes within the local area, both for affordable rent and sale with shared ownership. This scheme will enhance the area, providing more families and professionals with great places to live, and offers a range of modern living options for prospective customers and tenants with excellent transport links to the M62. By investing in our local area, we are creating homes for those who need them in an area that is always in high demand.”

Stuart Leslie, Divisional Director at Esh Construction, added: “We are delighted to have secured this contract and to be working in partnership once again with Leeds Federated Housing Association and WDH. We are due to commence work on circa £50 million of new affordable housing schemes across the Yorkshire region in the coming months and this is yet another great project which we are proud to be delivering for the community.”

Stephen Ellis, Head of Development at Leeds Federated, concluded: “This is more great news for Leeds Federated, as we continue an ambitious programme of providing great quality, affordable homes within Castleford, across the Wakefield district and the wider Leeds City Region. We look forward to working again with Esh and other partners on this exciting new Homes England funded development.”

Construction work is expected to commence in February 2021, with a view to the first new homes being available for residents in Summer 2022.


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