A ‘Vision’ comes true as eight new affordable homes are completed in Braithwaite

Local residents in Braithwaite have welcomed the completion of eight new affordable Stonewater homes at the ‘Vision’ development in North Dean Avenue.

Members of the community joined representatives from leading affordable homes provider Stonewater, Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Barratt Homes to celebrate the unveiling of eight new three-bedroom properties which will be available for social rent on the edge of Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Stonewater worked with the Council and Barratt Homes to deliver the £540,000 community of semi-detached rental homes which is part of Barratt’s larger Vision development of 172 two-, three- and four-bedroom properties. The eight Stonewater houses are the final phase of a development of 18 energy-efficient affordable homes which the organisation has delivered in the Vision over the past three years.

The new rental homes, each with a private back garden and parking, will be allocated to local people in need of housing in the Braithwaite and Keighley community. The Vision development, which looks across Worth Valley, is located within walking distance of Keighley Train Station, local shops, services and amenities.

The new Stonewater homes are part of a major house-building initiative, partly funded by Bradford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, to create more than 500 new affordable homes across the district by 2018. 127 of these will be built in Keighley.

“There is a real need for good quality, affordable homes to house local people and key workers in the town who are vital to the long term economic health and sustainability of Braithwaite and the wider Keighley community,” said Brian Roebuck, Stonewater’s Chair of East and North Operations Committee. “We are delighted to have worked closely with our partners Bradford Council and Barratt Homes to deliver these smart new rental homes and we are grateful for their support. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership and helping the Council deliver more new affordable homes across the district in the future.”

Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Housing Planning and Transport, Councillor Val Slater, commented: "I'm very pleased to see new affordable energy-efficient homes for local people in North Dean Avenue, Keighley. The new development is very handy for local shops, services and Keighley Station."

Barratt Homes Director, David Coe commented: "It was great that the local community joined us for the opening of the new homes at our Vision development in Keighley and as one of the largest providers of affordable homes in the region via S106 we are fully committed to delivering even more high quality new homes across the Bradford District. We're very grateful for the help provided by Bradford Council and Stonewater and we will continue to work alongside the two organisations to further develop and grow local communities in the region. We are thrilled with how the day went and would like to thank all those involved for making it a day to remember."