WORK has started on £3.2m plans for new, affordable housing in Rashcliffe.
Thirteen bungalows and two six-storey blocks of maison- ettes are being demolished on the Rashcliffe Hill Road estate.
They will be replaced by 10 five-bedroomed and 20 three-bedroomed houses for rent.
The work is being carried out by the Sadeh Lok Housing Group, in partnership with Kirklees Council Housing Services and the Housing Corporation, with developers Strata Construction.
Building is expected to begin next month, with the first homes being ready for occupation by next January.
The houses will be built using timber frames, with bene- fits including speed of construction and improved insulation.
The scheme is being paid for by a £1.65m grant awarded to Sadeh Lok by the Housing Corporation. Extra cash is being provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Demolition work in the second phase is due to start this summer.
The building of the second phase will depend on the outcome of a further bid for cash to the Housing Corporation
Two 11-storey tower blocks, another four blocks of maisonettes and nine bungalows will be demolished.
They will make way for a mixture of houses for rent, shared ownership and discounted sale, including homes for wheelchair users.
Scheme spokesman James Hinchliffe said: "This follows recent community consultation in Thornton Lodge and an assessment of housing needs in the area.
"The scheme is an integral part of the Thornton Lodge Renaissance Project.
"This multi-agency and community-led scheme will contribute towards improving the housing environment, providing affordable homes and reducing overcrowding in the area."