The South Bank regeneration aims to double the size and economic impact of Leeds city centre by delivering 35,000 jobs and 8,000 new homes.
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‘Too often in Britain new housing is not good enough and comes without the infrastructure and public services required to support it.’
The plans include 2,500 new homes, 20% of which will be ‘affordable’. York Central is one of the largest city centre brownfield regenerations projects in the UK and the plans also include new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods in the city centre.
‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get housing moving in the right direction and get sustainability on the agenda.’
James Brokenshire said that their garden communities programme has the potential to provide over 200,000 new homes by 2050.
‘Regardless of whether you own your home or rent in the social sector, residents deserve security, dignity and the opportunities to build a better life.’
The development on the former Leopold Estate began during the height of the recession in 2008.
‘That’s my hope for Brixton, that it becomes a place where a community is open to change yet they get to have their say and input. Then Brixton can save itself.’
The report says forcing tenants to pay large up-front deposits means many people struggle to move between properties.
‘The Government is failing in its commitment to protect the Green Belt – it is being eroded at an alarming rate.’