Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Leeds affordable homes get the thumbs up

More families in Leeds will get the chance to access affordable housing following successful bids for over £8 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme.

With Leeds City Council investing over £40 million resources into the 12 schemes, they will deliver over 300 new build properties and an empty homes programme which will also return 100 properties to use.

With bids for almost 500 other properties from other providers in the city still being considered in coming days, there are positive signs that significant amounts of extra affordable housing for the city will be available soon.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and the economy
, said:

“The quality of our bid for this funding is shown in our success – we have received the biggest allocation out of all the core cities – and this additional funding will help meet the cost of developments that will make a real difference to Leeds.

“This is about affordable housing. We have a lot to do to meet need but this announcement is really good news for our city. We don’t only need job opportunities in Leeds, but we need the right kind of housing in the right places and this funding will allow us to continue to work towards this.”

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:

“Our plans to get excellent quality affordable housing for Leeds are making good progress. The HCA funding will buttress our own significant investment and help us move towards getting the homes we need in the city. This helps us realise our ambition of creating the largest number of new Council homes in Leeds in a generation.

“In Leeds we have been clear that any homes we build will have high quality design, space standards and energy efficiency.

“We are focussed on meeting the challenge Leeds faces, which is to provide enough high quality, accessible and affordable homes to meet the city’s growing population.”

Leeds City Council will receive an initial £8,612,000 from the HCA for both general needs housing, and other types of specialist housing, for example, supported housing.

Notes for editors:

Details of the HCA affordable homes programme can be found at: https://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/ourwork/affordable-homes-programme-2015-18

Issued by:
Phil Morcom,

Leeds City Council press office (0113) 2243602
Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk

Popular Picture Lending Scheme extended to weekend

Caption: Leeds Art Gallery will be hosting the popular Picture Lending Scheme this weekend.

Due to popular demand, the UKs most longstanding Picture Lending Scheme hosted by a city gallery will take place for the first time over two days this weekend.

Bringing original art to people’s homes since 1961, picture lending from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery has proved to be a tremendous success with people across Yorkshire, who through the scheme have a rare opportunity to enjoy original works of art in the privacy of their own homes. The gallery is now just one of a few remaining in the country offering the unique service, which ever growing, has over six hundred pictures to choose from. Available to loan from just £48 for the year are a fantastic range of works including oils, watercolours, drawings, photographs, and a variety of prints.

As part of the initiative, selection days are held four times a year where the public has the opportunity to browse, select, borrow and return selected artworks available to loan from the gallery’s collections. Usually held on just one day, this month’s picture lending event has now been extended and will take place over the weekend of Saturday 26 July and Sunday July 27 at Leeds Art Gallery, which is located on The Headrow.

Further details regarding the scheme can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/picturelending or twitter at www.twitter.com/leedsartgallery.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are extremely proud to be one of the few remaining art galleries in the country to offer a Picture Lending Scheme to residents.

"The scheme is extremely popular, and with this mind, we have taken the decision to extend our selection day this month to a whole weekend, so more people can have the chance to have pictures from our collection in their own front rooms."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
West Yorkshire
0113 247 8256

Described as ‘Probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London’ (John Russell Taylor, The Times) Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds' Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of Leeds' stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit. At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds’ impressive collections, to nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art.

Free admission
Opening Times
Monday & Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 12pm – 5pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Closed on Bank Holidays

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk