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06.2012 >  CG News >  £3m West Yorkshire housing scheme completes

Lancashire-based Croft Goode Architects has handed over a £3m affordable homes scheme in West Yorkshire to social housing provider, Riverside.

The development, in Crigglestone, near Wakefield, comprises 25 properties in a mix of three-bedroom family homes and two-bedroom bungalows. Seventeen homes are being made available for affordable rent with the remaining eight available to buy through a shared ownership scheme.

The scheme, built by Mansell Construction in the newly-named Common Way at the end of Daw Green Avenue, also includes a community garden.

The homes meet Building for Life standards which promote social wellbeing by reducing crime, improving public health, easing transport problems and boosting property values.

The energy-efficient homes, which have been part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will also deliver financial and environmental benefits through rainwater harvesting and solar panels.

David Croft, a director of Croft Goode Architects, said: “This scheme involved wide-ranging consultation with community members, Riverside, Wakefield Council and other local stakeholders which has enabled us to deliver high quality, energy efficient homes that meet local need.”

Jane Keegan, Riverside’s divisional director, said: “As families grow up and move on, people are asking us for smaller properties. That’s why we are investing in building smaller, adapted bungalows, which also free up larger homes for growing families.”