Not sure whether you are aware, but we already have Council housing in Adel.
40 years ago many young families from various parts of Leeds were chosen to live in nearly 200 properties in the Adel area. The accommodation included sheltered housing on the Waylands, with further flats and houses in the Adel Woods. During that period it was great to see so many young children playing out in the streets, and enjoying a clean and pleasant environment known as the Adel village.
The council housing did not look out of character alongside the private houses, and were well built, not like some of the new build today.
Many tenants were proud to say that they live in Adel with plenty of playing fields and beautiful surrounding woodland. During the 40 years we went through further phases of new build including the Mulberry’s, St Helens private estate, Waylands private estate, Oaklands estate, Adel Vale, Adel Mead, 2 schools, and Centurion Fields, and many more. With each new development it seems that some local residents complain about further infringement when they have benefited from previous new builds.
Today there are just less than 100 council properties as nearly 80% of the properties on the Adel Wood estate are privately owned due to the Right to Buy Scheme. We also have privately rented tenants living on the Council Housing Estate paying in the region of £600- £700 per month as many of them are unable to get on the property ladder. For many of these residents the only solution would be to move away from the area where they have settled down, and where their children go to the local schools. It is also recognised that many residents in Adel would like to downsize, and there is a critical lack of one bedroom accommodation.
We need more affordable housing or smaller one bedroom accommodation so everyone has an opportunity to live in Adel. Some of this could be provided by property developers, whilst serious consideration should be given to allowing the Council or a Housing Association to work in partnership with a developer to build affordable social rented accommodation.
As a resident association in Adel we take the view whether you live in a council house, privately rented, (housing association) or privately owned, all tenure types can co-exist within one community, and at end of the day we are all here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Adel.
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Please feel free to pass on to your neighbours and relatives as it may be of interest to them.