As many as 800 new affordable homes in Yorkshire could be built after the Government's Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) awarded £17m funding through its affordable homes programme to a local social housing provider.
The Yorkshire Post report that Yorkshire Housing will invest a further £64m enabling housebuilders to develop new homes across the Leeds city region, which includes Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
The new homes will be among the first in Yorkshire to be constructed under the new affordable homes programme.
Councillor Mehboob Khan, Chair of the Leeds city region HCA board, commented: "I welcome the announcement to create 800 new homes in the Leeds city region, which will provide much-needed affordable housing for local families in these difficult times, as well as supporting jobs and economic growth."
The new planned affordable homes have also been warmly welcomed by Jim Taylor, chair of the Yorkshire Housing Board.
He commented: "With the housebuilding budget cut by 63% and a desperate shortage of affordable homes this is welcome news for the Leeds city region. Yorkshire Housing received 16% of the total bid for funding available for Yorkshire and Humberside and the North East which is excellent news for hundreds of families.
"We have identified some sites for new homes but we will be working with our local authority partners to build homes where they are best placed and most needed."