Latest affordable housing scheme opens at Upperthong

Release Date: 11-Apr-2017
A £2 million project to bring new affordable homes to the village of Upperthong has been successfully completed.
Cllr Naheed Mather and representatives from KNH, QSH and Conroy Brook

Cllr Naheed Mather and representatives from KNH, QSH and Conroy Brook

Award winning Yorkshire building company Conroy Brook has delivered the 15 rent-to-buy homes for Quality Starter Homes Ltd, the social housing developers.

The scheme - one of just a handful of projects for first-time buyers in West Yorkshire - has been developed in partnership with QSH, Kirklees Council and KNH.

The 15 rent-to-buy properties are made up of eight two bedroom homes and seven three bedroom cottages.

Under the innovative QSH rent-to-buy scheme, tenants will pay rents which are affordable. They'll have the opportunity to buy the property between the first and fifth year of living there, with half of the tenant’s rental payments put towards the deposit they need to secure a mortgage to buy their home - up to a maximum of 10 per cent.

Priority has been given to local first time buyers who have to meet a strict series of criteria.

Those who choose not to purchase during this time can continue renting their homes for a further 15 years.

According to Cllr Naheed Mather, Kirklees Council’s cabinet member for housing, “the Upperthong development will provide much needed affordable homes for local people; it will enable people who dream of buying a home, but perhaps need support to build a deposit and credit history, to make those next steps to owning their own homes in an area in which they choose to live.”

And work is now set to begin on the second phase of the site, which will see Conroy Brook build 12 four bedroom detached homes, available for private sale.

“We are delighted that the first phase of development has reached its conclusion so successfully and, not surprisingly, demand for these properties is already very high, with a waiting list of people wanting to make Upperthong their home,” said Conroy Brook CEO Richard Conroy.