Published: 7th Jan 2019

Leeds’ first permanent Gypsy and Traveller housing site in 20 years has opened just outside of the city centre. The construction of Kidacre Park, which was built on a disused former council depot, began in late 2017, and the residents moved in on December 3. The site was developed with funding from Council Commuted Sums and Homes England. Each family plot contains a pre-constructed living pod which consists of a kitchen, bathroom and dining area with one of the living pods being specially adapted for disabled tenants. Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities said: ‘I recognise it is difficult to come up with a perfect solution that all communities across Leeds agree on, but it is vital we take steps to provide stable housing options for Gypsy and Traveller families. ‘Our work with the Travelling community has been applauded as national best practice and we are … (To read the full article, subscribe below)