Plans to invest £3 million in the construction of nearly 300 new, affordable homes in Leeds appear poised for approval by regional leaders.

The proposed initiative involves the development of high-quality rental dwellings on brownfield sites throughout the city, aligning with West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin’s commitment to accelerating regeneration efforts.

Approximately 88 new homes are slated for construction in Seacroft and Gipton, located in east Leeds, while an additional 204 rented homes are earmarked for Saxton Lane in Leeds city centre. These residences are designed to incorporate various measures, such as heat pumps, aimed at assisting tenants in reducing energy expenses.

The comprehensive proposal is set to undergo review at a full meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Funding for these new homes is part of a broader £89 million Brownfield Housing Fund delegated to the region by the Government.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “Everyone should have access to a safe and secure place to call home, so I’m delighted we’re able to bring forward plans for hundreds of new homes in Leeds.

“These schemes would be an important step forward in our mission to build a brighter, more vibrant West Yorkshire works that for all.

“However, the Government must now provide the flexibility we need to make better use of disused land and buildings so that we can deliver thousands more homes right across the region.”

Mayor Brabin has urged Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove to permit greater flexibility in brownfield land development.

Under current government regulations, regional leaders face challenges supporting housing projects in areas with relatively low land values, despite the need for regeneration. In a letter to Mr Gove, Mayor Brabin suggested evaluating the overall financial benefit of multiple sites, as opposed to assessing each site individually. This approach could open up additional opportunities for housebuilding across West Yorkshire.

Mayor Brabin has also recently initiated a public consultation to gather input on a new housing strategy for West Yorkshire. The strategy aims to enhance the delivery of high-quality, affordable housing and improve the quality of existing homes to reduce energy bills.