Construction has commenced on a project, further validating the success of Leeds’s Council Housing Growth Programme (CHGP). Leeds City Council is overseeing the construction of 88 new homes across various brownfield sites in Seacroft and the Ambertons area of Gipton.
In Seacroft, the development includes 25 one-bedroom apartments and eight two and three-bedroom houses situated at the corner of Brooklands Avenue and Seacroft Crescent. Meanwhile, in Gipton, 55 properties, comprising two, three, and four-bedroom houses, along with one-bedroom bungalows, are taking shape on Amberton Terrace, Amberton Crescent, Amberton Street, and Montagu Avenue.
The initiative, set for completion by the end of 2025, is progressing swiftly after preparatory activities late last year. A recent visit by Councillor James Lewis, the council leader, and Councillor Jess Lennox, the executive member for housing, allowed them to witness the substantial progress made on the development sites.
Wates Construction is responsible for delivering all properties, which will be offered as council housing at affordable rents. Emphasizing energy efficiency, the new homes will feature air-source heat pumps instead of gas boilers, aligning with the council’s commitment to achieving net-zero credentials.
Designed for accessibility, the properties will have level access and accommodate mobility-friendly features, such as through-floor lifts if needed. The majority of the construction costs are covered by the council, with additional support from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Brownfield Housing Fund.
The term “brownfield” refers to previously developed land that is now unused, presenting an opportunity for regeneration, as seen in Seacroft and Gipton.
This initiative underscores the council’s dedication to providing affordable, high-quality homes for the local populace, with CHGP playing a pivotal role in realizing this goal.
Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said; “We want Leeds to be a national standard-bearer for regeneration and inclusive growth, with thriving communities that offer opportunities for all and a real sense of belonging.
“Delivering the kind of housing that people need is therefore a priority for us, so it’s fantastic news that construction has begun on these properties in Seacroft and Gipton.
“The involvement of both the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Wates also underlines the way in which partnership working can help us bring about positive changes that make our city an even better place to live.”
Councillor Jess Lennox, Leeds City Council’s executive member for housing, said; “The work now under way in Seacroft and Gipton is a fine example of the impressive results being achieved by our Council Housing Growth Programme.
“It was great to see how the scheme is taking shape and to have the opportunity to meet some of the teams who are out there on the ground transforming these sites.
“We know the difference that good quality, energy efficient and affordable homes make to people’s lives, and that’s why we want schemes like this one – and the other, equally-impressive projects we have completed in recent times – to be just the start of a city-wide housebuilding success story.”
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “I’m delighted we’re able to help bring more high-quality council homes to east Leeds.
“Having a safe and secure place to call home should be a fundamental right of everyone, which is why we’re putting new housing at the heart of our mission to build a happy West Yorkshire.
“Together with partners like Leeds City Council, we’re committed to building the thousands of new homes our region needs to deliver a greener, more vibrant future for all.”
More than 300 new homes have been built through the CHGP since 2018, with the Gascoigne House extra care facility in Middleton and the redevelopment of a former tower block site at Meynell Approach in Holbeck among the major completed projects.
Around 270 homes have also been acquired as part of the programme, with these properties and the new-builds both contributing to the council’s efforts to ease local affordable housing pressures.
Furthermore, they have – by increasing the number of appropriate properties available to tenants looking to downsize – helped free up some homes that are best suited to larger families.
Recent figures for the period up to 2025 showed that, across Leeds, nearly 1,600 affordable homes were under construction or in the pre-construction or feasibility stages of development thanks to the CHGP as well as other council-backed schemes delivered by partners.
David Wingfield, Wates’ regional director for Yorkshire & North East – Construction, said; “We’ve been working with Leeds City Council since 2020 to help deliver its Council Housing Growth Programme ambitions, and have completed more than 200 brand-new homes for residents so far. It’s a privilege to work in partnership with them to build even more.
“This latest scheme has once again been carefully designed to suit the community’s requirements, prioritising energy efficiency, accessibility and affordability.
“Our approach to construction centres on supporting the entirety of Leeds in the long term – keeping spending local, creating new jobs and opportunities and investing into vital community initiatives.”