HUNDREDS of new council homes are in the pipeline for Kirklees.
Over the next two years Kirklees Council plans to build 466 new homes.
The Excellent Homes for Life project began its phased construction in January this year and as the first sites to be built enter their sixth month of development, a milestone has been reached.
Measuring 15m in height, the highest point of the tallest building in the project has now been reached.
This is at the Woodland Court Extra Care housing scheme in Westmoor, Dewsbury.
When complete, Woodland Court will provide 46 homes for rent which, along with two of the other 27 sites in the project, will be exclusively for older people requiring care and support.
Woodland Court will include communal facilities including a hairdressing salon, restaurant and residents’ lounge.
Some of the facilities, such as the restaurant, will be open to the local community.
The milestone was marked yesterday with a special visit from Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director of affordable housing provider Wates Living Space; John Gilmore, general manager on the project for the Regenter Excellent Homes for Life consortium; and Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for regeneration in North Kirklees.
Clr Scott said: “We’re now six months into the first phase of the Excellent Homes for Life project and the construction is picking up pace with a total of 12 of the sites currently underway.
“In a few months time some of the smaller sites will be complete and the first people will be moving in.
“The facility at Woodland Court will take a little longer but its ‘extra care’ facilities will provide much needed care and support to our older residents and their families when it does open next year.”
Excellent Homes for Life is funded by a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) from the Homes and Communities Agency.