New city homes completed

Ten new family-sized homes for rent have been completed marking the latest stage in the regeneration of the city’s Chain Street area.

The three-bedroom houses at Baptist Court, built for Incommunities by contractors, investors and developers, Barnfield Construction, have all been snapped up.

The attractive three-storey homes include energy efficient central heating, fitted kitchen and bathrooms, enclosed gardens and driveway parking.

They form part of the phase two development of 32 homes being built on the site of outdated blocks of flats.

In addition to the Incommunities’ homes the development will include ten homes for outright sale through Barnfield Construction and 12 homes for private rent, managed by Incommunities for housing provider QSH. The first of these rented homes are due to be completed in the coming weeks.

This phase two development is being supported by Bradford Council who have provided £374,000 in capital support and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) who have released a £234,000 grant towards the construction.

The mixed tenure development will mark the next stage in the transformation of the Goitside Conservation Area. A ‘linear park’ is also planned for the Chain Street area and should be completed by the Council before March 2016.

In 2013 Incommunities converted two blocks of hard-to-let bedsits and flats off Chain Street and Roundhill Place into 16 family-sized homes for rent.

Mohammed and Bibi Khan and their two sons were among the first families to move into the new rented homes at Baptist Court and they are delighted with it. They previously lived in a flat at White Abbey before successfully applying for a larger home through the Council’s Value Based Lettings system.

Mohammed said: “We are very proud of our new home. It is spacious and it’s lovely to have our own garden for the first time. It is so quiet and peaceful and our neighbours are great.

“I was brought up around here (Manningham) and the Chain Street area is so much better now with all the new homes. Incommunities and the Council have done a great job improving things.”

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “These new homes complete another piece in the jigsaw to transform the historic Chain Street and Goitside quarter.

“We are delighted to be working with the Homes and Communities Agency, Bradford Council, Barnfield Construction and QSH, to release these latest properties for local people.

“The development complements the homes we built in 2013 which were recognised among the top 50 best in the UK.”

Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “These latest new homes will provide much needed city centre family housing and is one of three brownfield sites we are currently redeveloping for social rent.

“Over the next three years we will be building over 264 homes for local home hunters supported by the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme.”

Coun Val Slater, Executive Member for Housing, Transport and Planning, said: “The good progress on site marks an important stage in the regeneration of the Goitside area and the wider city centre.

“We are committed to seeing more affordable homes for local people and it is great that the scheme is bringing families back into the city centre to live. These new ten homes, handed over to Incommunities, are great news.”

Matthew Guirdham, Project Manager, Barnfield Construction, said: “We are delighted to be delivering these new homes in partnership with Incommunities.

“At Barnfield Construction we are committed to providing high quality services and are proud to be part of the next phase in the regeneration of Chain Street.”

Written on 2nd July 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News