City Councillors, Leeds West MP, Rachel Reeves, local influencers and new residents gathered to celebrate the launch of 14 new Habinteg homes at Raynville Crescent in Bramley, West Leeds on Friday, 20th July.
The opening marks a new chapter for local disabled and non-disabled people occupying fully accessible homes. At a time of a national housing crisis, these new high specification units have been designed to offer lifetime accommodation to new residents. Bradford developers Torpoint have transformed the former council-owned brownfield site to deliver quality homes. Raynville Crescent has been funded by investment from Leeds City Council through their Right to Buy receipts.
L-R Mel Groves, Sheron Carter, Cllr Richard Lewis, Matt Kelly, James Kilroy - Leeds Council Project Officer.
National policy requires all new build housing to meet basic accessibility standards, however this scheme provides higher levels of access. It provides 11 houses built to the Lifetime Homes Standard and three Wheelchair standard bungalows. An expert from the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE), Habinteg’s technical consultancy will conduct a tour of each house type during the two hour event. Contemporary design means many of the accessibility features will not be immediately apparent to visitors. In the wheelchair accessible property the layout of kitchens and bathrooms will make a significant difference to residents who require increased space and functionality.
Raynville Crescent honours Habinteg Housing Manager and Yorkshireman, the late Graham Hall. A new road has been named after him as part of his legacy. Members of the Hall family attended the launch along with members of Habinteg’s executive team and board.
The Hall family with the commemorative plaque and street sign in honour of Graham Hall.
Habinteg Chief Executive, Sheron Carter said: “We are delighted at the results of partnership working with Leeds City Council. Habinteg is proud to have been able to develop accessible homes on the site to help regenerate this community. Raynville Crescent is the result of collaboration, best practice and technical expertise to deliver quality homes.”
Councillor Richard Lewis, Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said, “Building more accessible and affordable local housing remains an absolute priority for Leeds City Council. The development of Raynville Crescent in partnership with Habinteg Housing Association is an example of the innovative use of council owned land to provide new homes. Habinteg have worked very closely with us to ensure that the design of these 14 properties meet the needs of disabled people and their families. These homes have been allocated to individuals currently on Leeds City Council’s housing waiting list. The scheme is part of Habinteg’s accessible and affordable housing programme in Leeds which will build properties suitable for people with a range of accessibility needs in Seacroft, Harehills, Belle Isle and Stanningley.”
Matthew Kelly Habinteg New Business Manager and manager for the project said, “Raynville Crescent represents a local solution to the broader issue of providing quality, accessible homes to people who need them. The development’s intelligent design and specification indicate the way forward for the whole property sector, not just social housing.”
To find out more about the specifications of the scheme, read our Habinteg Raynville Crescent Case Study [pdf] 3MB .