Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds £180m council homes plan can go ahead

Plans for new and improved council homes in two inner city neighbourhoods in Leeds have been approved.

The £180m project for Beeston Hill and Holbeck and Little London will include 388 new homes and the refurbishment of 1,200 properties.

The Private Finance Initiative scheme was delayed for almost a year while it was subject to a government value for money review.

Work is now expected to start next year after the Treasury approved the plan.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of the Labour-led council, said: "This is a massive project for the city, representing investment of £180m in deprived inner city areas, so it is a huge relief the government have finally given us the go-ahead."

Leeds City Council has appoint its preferred bidder - Sustainable Communities for Leeds - to carry out the work.

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