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Leeds to build new social housing

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Leeds Council has outlined plans to start building social housing for the first time in 30 years.

The local authority hopes to ease pressure on the housing market by providing about 1,000 homes a year until 2020, but exact numbers and costs are still to be decided.

Housing will be developed on council-owned brownfield sites, but will provide ‘smaller developments aimed at specific groups of people’.

Deputy council leader Richard Brett said: ‘We believe that national targets for building new council houses to rent are far too small and we are aiming to significantly increase these targets for Leeds.’

It is unclear who will be designing the new council housing, but it has not been ruled out that Leeds’ own in-house architects will design the new housing stock.

Council leader Andrew Carter said: ‘We have, over some period of time now, been introducing more and more initiatives to provide low-cost home ownership schemes and more rented accommodation.

’It is perfectly obvious, however, that in certain areas we need to provide rented accommodation more quickly.’

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