WDH partners with Rula Homes to deliver more affordable homes in Wakefield.

Published 15 June 2021

Planning has been secured for WDH to provide 77 affordable new homes in Wakefield in partnership with Rula Homes, on a 5.76-acre site at City Fields, Wakefield East.

The development, located alongside the River Calder and the Aire and the Calder Canal, forms part of Wakefield Council’s vision for the eastern relief road, which extends to around 375 acres with plans for over 2,500 new dwellings and commercial space. The properties will be developed utilising £1,665,000 funding from the Homes England Wave 2 programme.

The scheme, called Heathlands, will comprise a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom, high quality, energy efficient and affordable homes. Construction is due to start on site next month following the appointment of local contractor Harris CM to deliver the works by Rula Homes.

Rula Homes is delivering a turnkey solution for the site through acquisition and development and has agreed to sell the completed scheme to WDH, who will provide tenancies for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Sue Young, Executive Director of Investment at WDH, said, “It is our vision to create confident and sustainable communities by building new, affordable homes in the Wakefield district and beyond. Our partnership with Rula Homes will help us provide high quality family homes for affordable rent and for sale through shared ownership and achieve our ambition of building 500 energy efficient homes a year.”

Ben Ward, Managing Director at Rula Homes, said, “We are delighted to secure planning consent on this development as our first residential venture which helps deliver against much needed family social housing in the region. We are actively seeking further development opportunities and social housing partnerships with capacity to deliver schemes from 30 up to 150 units.”

Construction of the Heathlands scheme is expected to complete by the end of 2022, with WDH expecting to launch a show home by the end of this year, allowing customers to register their interest in the new properties.

 For more information on the development or to enquire about shared ownership options at WDH, visit www.wdh.co.uk/sharedownership


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