WDH hopeful over 500 new homes plan

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HUNDREDS of new homes will be built in the district over the next four years if plans are approved this summer.

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) has developed a scheme worth £55m to allow for 500 new homes.

The scheme has been submitted to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as part of the National Affordable Housing programme.

They expect to find out by the end of the summer whether or not the plans have been approved.

A spokesman for WDH said: “We are firmly committed to adding to the hundreds of affordable new homes that we have built over the past six years.

“The WDH Board and Local Management Committees (LMCs) have identified new home building as one of their main priorities and such is our dedication to addressing the growing housing needs of people in our area.”

Despite the tight financial climate, the Government has demonstrated a strong commitment to housing and regeneration.

Last year they allocated £4.5bn for new affordable housing during the 2011-15 Spending Review period.

And in February the HCA launched a programme inviting housing providers to apply for a share of £2.2bn funding, helping to reach Government targets of 150,000 new homes in the next four years.