Work has commenced on a combined £5.5 million development which will provide 38 new affordable homes in Wakefield.

Two sites, which were formerly home to independent living accommodation for elderly people in Wakefield, will be replaced with homes that will be made available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Demolition of buildings at the Greenhill Road site, which had been vacant since 2018, began in November, while approval for the transformation of Colin Barnaby Court located just three miles away has now been granted.

Working on behalf of WDH, Esh Construction will deliver 14 new two- and three-bedroom homes at Greenhill Road, while the demolition work at Colin Barnaby Court will pave the way for a new access road and 24 new homes.

Sue Young, WDH’s executive director of investment, said: “Development and providing high quality homes is a key part of our business. We are delighted to be providing more new homes for our customers across the district, both for rent and for sale with shared ownership.

“These schemes will provide more energy efficient accommodation than previously situated on the sites and will enhance the Wakefield area, attracting more families and professionals, offering a range of modern living options for prospective customers and tenants close to the city centre and its excellent transport links."
WDH has worked alongside Homes England to bring the scheme to fruition with combined funding of £1.2m being granted.

Esh Construction recently announced the contract award for another affordable housing scheme in the neighbouring town of Castleford. The £9.2 million development - known as Pemberton Road - is a joint development between WDH and Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA) which will provide 82 new affordable homes in the area.

Stuart Leslie, divisional director at Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted to build on our successful working relationship with WDH, after securing the contract for these two developments via the Efficiency North framework.

“Forming part of our expanding portfolio of £50 million new affordable housing schemes across the region, we are proud to be transforming two inhabited sites into much-needed homes for the community.”