Work is progressing on the latest phase in the further regeneration of the city’s Chain Street area.

Thirty-two family-sized homes are being built on the site of outdated blocks of flats.

They include ten three-bedroom homes for affordable rent through Incommunities, 12 homes for private rental QSH and ten for outright sale through Barnfield Construction.

The homes are being built by Barnfield Construction on behalf of Incommunities. The development is being supported by Bradford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) who have released a £234,000 grant.

The Incommunities homes are due to be completed by the end of March 2015.

The 12 homes for private rent will be owned by QSH who provide investment for rented housing in the UK. These homes and the ten for sale are due to be completed by June 2015

The mixed tenure development will mark the next stage in the transformation of the Goitside Conservation Area.

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.

In addition to Chain Street we are currently developing homes on a number of sites including at Manningham, Thorpe Edge, Greengates, Odsal and Queensbury. Over the next three years we are building 346 homes supported by the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme.

Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “The development of this key brownfield site demonstrates our commitment to deliver more affordable homes for local people.

“We are delighted to be working with the Homes and Communities Agency, Bradford Council and our development partners – Barnfield Construction and QSH – on this new phase.

“The completed scheme will complement our recent high quality home conversions off Chain Street and continue the transformation of the historic Goitside quarter.”

Richard Panter, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “It is very rewarding for everyone to see this latest phase in the Chain Street redevelopment taking shape.

“This exciting development promises to further develop the area as a vibrant and diverse community.”

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.

“This scheme promises to deliver more affordable homes for local people.”

Mike Riley at Barnfield Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Incommunities to bring our expertise to the delivery of this key city housing site.

“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.”

Nicola Clayton, QSH Business Development Director (North), said:  “QSH are delighted that they are able to bring their expertise in using private finance to deliver high quality homes for the people of Bradford.”


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