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Student village plans are rejected by council bosses

Plans to build a waterfront village which would have housed more than a thousand students in Hull have been rejected by Hull City Council.

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The campus would have been built on a 14 acre site at the now-derelict former St Andrew's fish Dock. But Hull Council's planning committee has voted unanimously against the development, saying the area was too remote for students and posed safety risks.

Derelict properties to be transformed in Hull

A scheme that transforms derelict properties into homes for struggling first-time buyers is to expand to Hull. Own Place, which brings long-term empty properties back into use and provides homes for residents who can't afford to buy, is being extended to cover Hull's North Bransholme estate.

It comes after the pilot enjoyed success in Merseyside and won the UK Housing Award for Making Best Use of Stock. The scheme, from social landlord Riverside, improves long-term empty houses and sells them at a 25% discounted price as an incentive to encourage buyers to stay for five years.

In Hull, homes that have been earmarked are in Helvellyn Close, Ladyside Close, Kinderscourt Close, Kettlewell Close, Gifford Close, Welshpool Close, Greygarth Close and Rannoch Close.

Not only does Own Place offer affordable housing for low income households who wouldn't otherwise be able to get on the property ladder, but by selling properties to people who are willing to stay in an area and invest in the homes, we're helping shift the balance from rented accommodation to owner-occupier, resulting in more mixed communities.

– Carl Mitchell, Riverside's operations manager


Yorkshire Dales housing

A report has revealed 29 sites in the Yorkshire Dales have been recommended to have new houses built. It is part of a plan for how areas for affordable housing will be released over the next 15 years.

The sites would vary in size, ranging from two houses up to 30 and potentially providing up to 236 new homes. Half would affordable homes to rent or buy, probably involving a housing association.

The rest would be available in the open market, with a legal agreement restricting them to who people who need to live or work in the National Park.

Four sites that would have provided 10 new homes in Aysgarth, Low Row, Muker and Thornton Rust have been rejected.

Council homes for Lincoln

Wellington Street, Lincoln Credit: Calendar News

Dozens of brand new council homes are going to be built in Lincoln as part of a five year multi-million pound regeneration project.

These houses will be on top of those already being built on Wellington Street in the city. Council officials are now on the look out for suitable sites. The authority also wants to bring empty private homes across the city back into use.


Regeneration in Halifax

Up to £1million could be spent on empty properties in the centre of Halifax. Calderdale Council has been awarded over half a million pounds to fund works which will allow 130 empty homes to be brought back into use. This money will be matched by local property owners.

The council is one of 20 local authorities to secure the funding from the government's Clusters of Empty Homes Fund.

People in Calderdale need homes and this is a real positive step to doing that and to breathing new life into the town centre.”

– Barry Collins, Calderdale Council

Home improvement award

An organisation that helps older, disabled and vulnerable people to adapt or repair their homes has been recognised for its work.

Tony Johnson, Technical Services Manager & Chris Wade, Head of Home Improvement Agencies Credit: Yorkshire Housing

Yorkshire Housing's Home Improvement Agency has received a commendation in the Excellence in Delivering Major Adaptations category at the Foundations Annual Home Improvement Agency Awards 2012.

Campaigners to fight homes on green land

Campaigners in North East Lincolnshire say they'll fight against plans to build 400 new homes on four fields on Humberston Avenue. Plans have been submittted by ''Keystone Developments'' to the council's planners.

Residents living in the area say the facilities in Humberston will struggle to cope. If plans go ahead it will be the third new development with a mile of the village.

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