Small sites offer big potential for new homes
This new scheme, set to increase housing supply, will generate business opportunities for local builders, support local jobs, and brings small plots of council-owned land into residential use.
The sites for sale are available with the benefit of outline planning consents, site assessments and legal paperwork – considerably reducing the risks for potential builders and developers.
We are also hosting two events on 4 and 12 November where potential investors can find out more about the bidding process, and speak to officers about specific sites.
The scheme will generate income for the council from land sales as well as money from the New Homes Bonus – a payment from the government equivalent to 6-years’ worth of council tax for every new home completed. And, bringing land back into use for housing also helps to meet the need for homes across the district.
Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Resources said:
This project brings benefits on so many levels: providing new homes, supporting local jobs, and improving the quality of our places by bringing vacant and derelict sites across Kirklees back into use. It’s not often that we can do something targeted for smaller-scale local developers, but the size of the sites we’re offering, together with the fact they come with existing planning consent, makes them an appealing low-risk prospect for local building firms.”
Cllr David Sheard, Leader of the Council added:
Securing quality homes for our residents and generating job growth are both key priorities for this council. But it’s the fact that we can achieve both, and at the same time generate income to support stretched services and offer low-risk business opportunities to local entrepreneurs, that makes this scheme so interesting.”