Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds to build more than 400 new council homes

More than 400 council homes are to built in Leeds over the next four years.

The council claimed it would be the "largest number of homes to be brought to the city for 30 years".

As well as building new houses, the authority is to repurchase some council homes sold under the Right to Buy scheme and also acquire empty houses.

The council said it also aimed to boost private housing by freeing up brownfield land for new developments.

Currently there are 26,000 people on the city's council home waiting list.

The councillor responsible for housing, Peter Gruen, said: "We know there is a need to bring more council housing to the city, and we have looked at a number of possible ways that this can be achieved.

"It is the first time in a number of years that we have been able to deliver such a large number of council homes to our city."

The plan will be voted on by the council's executive board next week.

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