Leeds Jewish Housing Association is delighted to announce that they have received planning permission to build 85 new properties on Queenshill Avenue, Leeds 17.

The scheme that will now begin is to build 51 sheltered housing apartments for those aged 55 and over, as well as 34 “general needs” apartments.

Craig Simons, Director of Operations thanked existing tenants:

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has had to move out of their home as part of this development.  We do appreciate how hard this has been for each and every one of you.  I would like to thank you all for the way you have worked with us during these extremely stressful times for you all and for your understanding of during this difficult period.”

Following receipt of planning permission, the next stage will be to disconnect utilities and demolish existing properties on the site before the construction period begins in the spring.

CEO Mark Grandfield explained

“We are very excited by this news, this is the biggest single development in LJHA history and overall will be increase our stock by 13%.  This news is the culmination of many months of hard work to ensure we can create a scheme that we feel the community desperately needs”

The build time is expected to take 18 months and due to be complete by the end of 2021.  Upon completion LJHA will then have 4 sheltered schemes on the Stonegate Road site, completing its sheltered village.  As part of the development, LJHA intend to physically join up all four schemes creating 181 sheltered apartments all feeding into the Ziff Community Centre.

The 34 general needs scheme will consist of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments across 4 storeys with lift access.  The scheme will be the first apartment block open to all since LJHA’s formation.

Chair, Jayne Wynick said

“These are very exciting times for LJHA. This project will allow us to provide more homes in the heart of the community, these will be low rent homes that look fantastic, are modern, energy efficient, warm and secure.  Whilst this is an ambitious project, we are not sitting on our laurels and our Board are now looking at what our next development opportunity might be as we aim to be the number one landlord for the Leeds Jewish Community.  Feedback we have received so far is that people want more family housing too and we would love to look at building for families next.”

If people would like to apply for either of these schemes or any other property with LJHA then they should contact LJHA on 3207777 or email [email protected].