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Partnership delivers new affordable homes in Shelf

Partnership delivers new affordable homes in Shelf

Residents have recently moved into new homes on Belle Vue Road, Shelf, another affordable housing development delivered by the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership.

Calderdale Council identified a housing need of 840 new homes per year and one of the main ways of addressing this is the partnership the Council has created with us. This partnership aims to invest £70 million in the building of up to 650 affordable homes for rent and ownership over the next five years.

The new development in Shelf consists of 10 homes made available for affordable rent: six three-bedroom and four two-bedroom. The development also includes a home with special adaptations, such as grab-rails, making them suitable for people with disabilities.

Karen Lythe, Assistant Director Economy, Housing and Investment at Calderdale Council, said: “There is a need for high-quality homes for affordable rent in Calderdale. Average house prices in the area mean that many people cannot get on the housing ladder. This partnership with Together Housing is a new approach by the Council and is the biggest investment in housing for many years.”

In Calderdale, the average house price is over six times the average income at £160,947. The mean annual income is only £25,126 compared to the £36,788 required to secure the average mortgage, meaning workers in the area would need a 46.4% pay rise to be able to afford to buy a home.

Hilary Brady, Head of Development here at Together Housing Group, added: “We’re delighted to be able to build new homes in Calderdale through our partnership with the Council. Like our other new developments for affordable rent, these new homes in Shelf provide the high-quality and well-maintained homes that are so much in demand in the area. We wish the new residents well.”

Other partnership developments underway include the regeneration of the Beech Hill area and the development of new homes in Sowerby Bridge, including self-contained apartments specifically designed to enable people with a learning disability to live independently. The partnership also aims to create new jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships for local people.

Building affordable homes supports the Vision2024 for Calderdale to be a place where people can live a larger life – a place that is distinctive, resilient, full of hope, and where talent and enterprise can thrive.

The year 2024 marks Calderdale’s 50th birthday. Where do we want to be by 2024? What’s our ambition and what will be different? Get involved with the debate on Twitter with #VisionCdale2024 and find out more here.

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