Leeds City Council has signed a major contract set to deliver a huge regeneration programme, build new homes and create hundreds of trade jobs.
The Council and sustainable communities for Leeds (sc4L) have signed the contract that will last for 20 years and help communities across the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck areas of the city.
Local communities will benefit from the refurbishment of the 1245 council homes, and the construction of 388 new council homes to rent with environmental improvements to the estates.
Capital investment of over £120 million over the next three and a half years will provide training and employment schemes leading to jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and social enterprise opportunities.
Leeds City Council has forecast that the refurbishment of homes and new regeneration activity will improve the lives of local residents and boost the local economy.
Councillor for neighbourhoods and planning, Peter Gruen, said: “We welcome the news that this project has reached financial close. I am very pleased that we can finally start to deliver the project for these communities, who have waited a long time. I want to thank the residents for their continued patience, now is the time to finally deliver results!
“The council has worked extremely hard with its partners over many years to move this project along at the various stages. It is great to sign it off and be able to tell local people they will start to see work happening soon.
Jon Hinchliff, sc4L general manager said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Leeds City Council and the local communities within Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck.
“The team we have assembled to deliver this project is local, committed, professional and vastly experienced. We are all keen to get started and are looking forward to making a positive difference to the neighbourhoods and communities living here.”