By Daniel Wood
Three retirement plans have been put in place for three sites in Kirklees.
If approved, a total of 20 bungalows are scheduled to be made, with several being built in Mirfield and the others being built in Liversedge.
In Mirfield, Johnie Johnson Housing, a non-profit organisation that specialises in homes for older people, will manage six bungalows at Kitson Hill Crescent and another four bungalows just off Fox Royd Drive.
In Liversedge, ten more are planned to be built on a grass area on Sixth Avenue, close to High Bank First and Nursery School.
Karl Battersby, Kirklees Council’s Strategic Director for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “We are applying for planning permission on land that we own to help maximise the number of affordable homes built for local people.
“If planning permission is granted, 20 two-bedroom retirement bungalows could be built across three sites, which would be managed by a housing association to make sure they remain affordable properties for local people.”
In 2018, Kirklees Council chiefs admitted their frustration at the hurdles of tackling the 13,000 people waiting list.
They revealed they would use their own land to fast-track house building in an effort to create 1000 homes on 40 plots.
A five-year plan has been put in place, to facilitate 10,000 homes by 2023, it was unveiled last year by council leader Clr Shabir Pandor.