Work is set to commence on a groundbreaking affordable housing project in Newsome, Huddersfield, as BME housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise joins forces with Kirklees Council, Homes England, and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver 30 two and three-bedroom properties.

The development site, located on Plane Street, was previously home to Stile Common Infant and Nursery School until its demolition in 2011. Enabling works on the brownfield site are scheduled to kick off in the coming days.

Unity Homes and Enterprise, established in 1987 with the aim of creating a robust, BME-led community housing association, has since evolved into a key player in the housing sector. The organization currently owns and manages 1,386 properties across West Yorkshire, catering to tenants from diverse communities and ethnic backgrounds. Notably, Unity Homes and Enterprise already operates two affordable housing schemes in Huddersfield and one in Cleckheaton.

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive, said; “We are excited to be expanding our presence in Kirklees with works getting underway on the Plane Street development.

“The country continues to endure a national housing crisis which will only be eased with the construction of many more affordable homes.

“Unity is committed to playing our part to build high-quality properties for local communities that need them.

“We welcome the strong support of Kirklees Council, Homes England and West Yorkshire Combined Authority in delivering this scheme.”

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for Finance and Regeneration at Kirklees Council, said; “It is fantastic that the council has used its land to create the opportunity for 30 affordable homes to be built on a brownfield site in a sustainable location.

“I would like to thank council officers and partners at Unity Housing, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Homes England for getting this project off the ground, using derelict land to help address our shortage of affordable homes to ensure that a high-quality scheme can be built.

“I am pleased to see that 100 per cent of the housing on this site will be allocated for affordable homes to meet current and future needs.”