West Yorkshire Housing Partnership (WYHP) has today published its first annual report, highlighting the work being done to deliver new homes across the region.
The partnership secured over 2,000 affordable homes for West Yorkshire last year and has identified a collective development pipeline of more than 5,000 new homes over the next two years.
Building new homes is one of the key ambitions of the partnership, alongside tackling the climate emergency, regenerating local areas, connecting people to economic opportunity, and supporting health, care, and homelessness.
The report also highlights the partnership’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency.
Alongside the need to build more affordable homes, decarbonisation is one the biggest challenges facing the housing sector, with over one third of the energy supply in West Yorkshire being used in people’s homes.
The past 12 months have seen the WYHP collate data on the current energy efficiency of their properties, which has led to a joint bid to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
Regeneration is also high up on the agenda for the partnership, which aims to make “good use” of brownfield sites.
It has so far delivered over 450 homes on derelict areas across West Yorkshire, including the regeneration of the former iron works in Boothtown, Halifax; creating 46 new homes; and the construction of over 100 affordable family homes on the Beech Hill estate, also in Halifax.
The partnership was formed in 2020 to work with the first directly elected mayor, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and local authorities to achieve five integrated ambitions that ensure that the need for affordable homes in West Yorkshire is met and that housing is a priority for the region following the devolution deal agreed with the government.
‘Place housing front and centre’
Helen Lennon, chair of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, said: “When the partnership formed a year ago, we pledged to work with the directly elected mayor, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and local authorities to achieve five integrated ambitions that put affordable and sustainable housing high on the agenda following the devolution deal agreed with the government in March 2020.
“We’ve already secured over 2,000 affordable homes for West Yorkshire, and we have plans in place to deliver thousands more over the current mayoral term.
“We’re going to build on the strong foundations we’ve put in place over the last year, and we look forward to continuing to work with the mayor to help her achieve her pledges.
“We’ll also continue to harness the benefits from our longstanding working relationships with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Local Authorities to deliver even more.
“It’s going to be a busy year, but we’re really excited at the energy and commitment that has developed since the partnership was formed.
“We’ll continue to place housing front and centre in the plans for West Yorkshire.”
Tracy Brabin, mayor of West Yorkshire, who met with the partnership as it published its first annual report, said: “As someone who grew up in a council flat in Birstall, I understand the value of a safe, affordable, and secure home.
“That’s why I’m committed to delivering 5,000 affordable and sustainable homes over my mayoral term.
“The report launched today highlights all the fantastic work being done by the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership and I’m really proud to support their ambitious and much-needed work.
“By working together, we can ensure the housing sector meets the needs of the people of West Yorkshire; and I look forward to developing an inclusive housing strategy that works for everyone across our region.”
Over the next year, the partnership says it will continue to work with the Local Authority Directors of Development to identify a shared development pipeline.
It also plans to look at ways to invest in solar PV and battery storage technology to help make West Yorkshire “the green capital of the UK”.
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