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Kirklees receives affordable homes boost

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced it is to invest £1.1 million into the construction of new homes in Kirklees, with a focus on providing more affordable properties for the area in the coming months.

It comes as part of the second phase of the department's ongoing Get Britain Building programme and will unlock the development of 18 sites in Brockholes, Holmfirth in rural Kirklees.

"We are committed to 'sustainable building techniques' and are pleased to be working with our sister company Heywood Timber Engineering, who are an integral part of the manufacturing process and our overall green ethos," commented Stewart Brown, managing director of Heywood Homes.

Mark Harrington, project manager at the HCA, added that the funding will not only help to support the region's property sector - making it easier for those seeking homes to buy affordable properties - but it will also support businesses and safeguard local employment.

All properties at the development are to be built using green technologies, including the latest in timber frame design, utilising locally-sourced woods. It is hoped the project will be completed by late 2013/early 2014.

Elsewhere, the HCA recently announced a £3 million investment in new homes at the ambitious Whitehill & Bordon Eco-town in Hampshire.

It has been described as an exciting project for the area and the HCA hopes to have construction of up to 4,000 new sustainable properties completed by the end of 2015. The announcement will also facilitate the creation of up to 5,500 new building and engineering jobs in the area.

HCA head of area Kevin Bourner said: "There is a lot of work that needs to be done over the next year, but it is exciting to have got to this stage and see that progress is going to happen in the months ahead." 

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