£67m housing boost to area

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SPOFFORTH is one of several North Yorkshire villages to benefit from a £67million housing scheme over the last three years.

The village saw affordable homes built as part of the project which saw the Harrogate district gain improvements to 550 homes, 200 affordable houses built, along with 50 for local people in rural areas.

“When we put together our investment plan in early 2007 we couldn’t have known how important it was going to be to provide new affordable homes for people in need,” said Coun Richard Foster, Chair of the Housing Board.

“Our plan took us through a time of turmoil for the housing industry, and provided a much needed investment into North Yorkshire and York not just to deliver new homes but make sure existing homes are improved and safe.

“We know we are living in different times now, and we cannot rely on so much Central Government help in the current difficult economic circumstances.

“But by continuing to focus on our local priorities as a partnership of Councils and National Parks in North Yorkshire, we believe we can continue to meet the local needs of our communities, and direct our resources to good effect.”

In the North Yorkshire and York area more than 1800 new affordable homes were made available; over 5000 homes benefited from improvement work; nearly 6000 families were helped to avoid homelessness; a new safe refuge for women and children escaping domestic abuse was built; 227 new specialist homes with care for the elderly were created; and eco homes developments led the way in green construction.

The investment – from the former Regional Housing Board and the Homes and Communities Agency – enabled North Yorkshire authorities to coordinate their plans to deliver housing in a number of priority areas.