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Leeds to provide 400 new council homes

Leeds Council has approved plans to spend £40 million to provide 400 new social homes in the city.

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The four-year project, which was given the green light by town hall bosses last week, will include new builds, as well as the potential repurchase of right to buy properties.

The council will also look to boost housing supply by freeing up brownfield sites in the city for development.

Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds Council said: ‘Providing affordable homes is absolutely vital for the viability of the city. Developing new council housing, whether through new build or other methods of acquiring property, is a really positive way for us to meet housing need.’

Peter Gruen, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services at Leeds Council, added: ‘We are completely committed to ensuring we meet the need for more council housing in the city.

‘We know there is a need to bring more council housing to the city, and we have looked at a number of possible ways that this can be achieved. It is the first time in a number of years that we have been able to deliver such a large number of council homes to our city.’

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