Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford council house scheme to be first in 30 years

A new £5.6m housing development will be the first council housing scheme in Bradford for 30 years.

Forty-five homes will be built in Longfield Drive, West Bowling to benefit low income families, the local jobs market and meet housing demand.

Bradford Metropolitan Council said the homes would range from two to four bedrooms.

They have been part-funded by the government's Homes and Communities Agency.

'New territory'

The remainder has been funded by a loan from central government.

Work began at the site in May.

The council said it was working with its contractor Lovell to create employment opportunities in the building trade.

The buildings are being developed using materials to help protect the environment. About a quarter of the homes will have communal biomass boilers and insulation for lofts and walls.

The remainder will have facilities to reduce surface water run-off from the site.

Councillor Reverend Paul Flowers, executive member for culture, planning and housing, said: "It enters new territory in terms of eco-friendly building which at the same time will cut down fuel and water costs for residents.

"The apprenticeships are a welcome addition which will give young people a step up into the construction industry."

The scheme is expected to be completed in March 2011.

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