Leeds & West Yorkshire

Empty shops in Morley to be new homes in £4m project

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Image caption The council hopes the new apartments will help free up space in family-sized council houses

A row of empty shops in Leeds is to be transformed into environmentally-friendly homes for people aged over 55.

Work has started on the £4m scheme at Chapel Hill in Morley Bottoms, which will provide 22 two-bedroom apartments by March next year.

Leeds City Council said the properties would be let under a plan to help local people aged over 55 rent a home.

That, in turn, would release larger council homes in the area for use by families, the council said.

The development is a partnership between Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Housing, Aire Valley Homes Leeds and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Solar energy

The shops, which date from 1908, are to be redeveloped "to extremely high environmental standards", the council said.

The roof will be built with solar voltaic roof tiles that will generate electricity for the homes, also exporting energy back to the National Grid.

As well as providing the site for the development, the council has also provided funding of £415,436 to enable it to go ahead.

Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council's executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing, said: "These new apartments will compliment the overall regeneration of the Morley town centre area and are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment.

"They will be aimed at people aged over 55 who are under-occupying larger family-sized homes which will assist in increasing the number of family-sized homes available to people in the Morley area."

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