Much-needed council homes 'lying empty' in Leeds' leafy suburbs

6/29/2022 11:15:00 AM

'Gorgeous' homes are lying empty because people don't want to move to the area

Leeds, Leeds City Council

'Gorgeous' homes are lying empty because people don't want to move to the area

'Gorgeous' homes are lying empty because people don't want to move to the area

Despite a lengthy waiting list for social housing across the city and a shortage of properties in urban areas, people are turning down properties that are in more rural parts, like Otley. A lack of connectivity to other places has been cited as a possible factor, while one “gorgeous” bungalow recently went unclaimed because of a lack of disabled access, a meeting was told on Monday.

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Despite a lengthy waiting list for social housing across the city and a shortage of properties in urban areas, people are turning down properties that are in more rural parts, like Otley. A lack of connectivity to other places has been cited as a possible factor, while one “gorgeous” bungalow recently went unclaimed because of a lack of disabled access, a meeting was told on Monday. As a result of this, senior officers at Leeds District have authorised the use of Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to detect and deter the carrying of offensive weapons in this area and to prevent serious violence. People waiting for a council house have to “bid”, or formally apply, for properties to express an interest and have a chance of getting them. The authority said its plan would be submitted to Ofsted in August. READ MORE: Woman 'dragged by her hair' at 'violent' boxing club refused licence by council Speaking at a meeting of councillors from Leeds’ outer north-west ring, housing officer Richard Marshall said: “There was one in Churchill Flats in Pool (in Wharfedale). It’s a lovely complex but if Pool’s outside where you’re from, you won’t want a property in Pool.26pm yesterday.

“We advertise council properties for a week. A lack of foster carers; the quality of social workers' evidence to court and the wellbeing of children in unregistered children's homes were also highlighted in the report. People who are interested can put their names down. We do ask people to look into the area and to make sure they know where it is. But then people go down and find it’s miles out of the city and think ‘I don’t want to be there’." Follow BBC Yorkshire on.” Last year, the LDRS revealed that more than 900 people had bid against each other for a single property in the Halton Moor area, while homes in Cross Gates and Bramley attracted similar levels of interest. A third man who was arrested has been released facing no further action.

Around the same time a further 49 homes all attracted more than 500 separate bids. Leeds’ social housing stock has dwindled in recent years, mainly because of the right-to-buy scheme, which allows long-term tenants to buy their properties at a massive discount. But outside of inner city areas, there is far less demand. Mr Marshall added: “We had seven refusals on one particular property. We had one in Bennett Court in Otley. Bradley Wall, aged 24, from Leeds, was found dead outside an address in Fairford Avenue, Beeston, on Thursday (23 June).

We went through all of the seven people who bid for it. But if you’re not from Otley, it’s a bit out of your way. “Sometimes there are bungalows that have inappropriate access. There was one in Guiseley and Rawdon where there was a couple of flights of steps to get to it. “It was a gorgeous bungalow – you’d move into it tomorrow. I've lived here for 15 years and it is quite a nice place to live, some great people live here.

But for someone with physical disabilities, they wouldn’t be able to access it.” In April, it was revealed that the number of council properties lying empty across the city had doubled since the start of the Covid pandemic. That wider issue has been blamed on problems with repairs between tenants, with a shortage of building materials and workforce absence contributing to that. READ NEXT: .