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Work is now complete on the site of the former Squinting Cat Public House in Swarcliffe. This is the second site where we will build new homes through our Council Housing Growth Programme.

How many homes are there?

There are:

  • 6 x 1 bedroom flats
  • 12 x 2 bedroom flats

Please note that these properties will be let to people over 55 as the new development has been designed with older people in mind and benefits from:

  • A communal garden
  • Energy efficient technology to minimise running and heating costs for tenants
  • Some provision for wet floor bathrooms in the ground floor apartments
  • The ability to store mobility scooters either in the living room or spare bedroom.
  • Communal lift to the upper floors
  • A flexible design to meet the changing needs of households; they are all the same footprint so the 1 bedroom flats will be large enough to be converted into 2 bedroom properties if needed in the future.

The new homes were handed over in August 2016 and they are currently all let.

Demand for our new build properties has been high so if you are interested but do not have an application registered with Leeds Homes Apply now by clicking on the red box below. We particularly encourage applicants with good local connections and who may be downsizing.

You can speak to your local housing office or email us on nbh@leeds.gov.uk if you need help with your application or need further information.

The new homes are let under a local letting policy and we will only allocate to tenants who can demonstrate an excellent tenancy record. We have consulted with local councillors, tenants and residents about this.


Applying for council housing

To be considered for one of our new homes you must have an application registered on our Leeds Homes register. You will have to place a bid when properties are advertised by Leeds Homes. Find out more by clicking the button below.


If you have any queries about those properties you can email  nbh@leeds.gov.uk  or speak to your local housing office.

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Click to expandWhat does an excellent tenancy record mean?

​Our new homes are more than simply bricks and mortar. We want to build stronger neighbourhoods where people are proud to live and take pride in being part of the local community.

We will allocate our new homes to people who meet their responsibilities as tenants, and who do not cause problems for their neighbours

Before we offer one of our new homes we will look at your tenancy record. We will check:

you have a good rent payment history; 

you have kept the property where you live in a good condition. This includes outside areas as well as inside your home (for example gardens or areas you share with neighbours).

you do not have a history of anti-social behaviour, causing nuisance or creating environmental issues.

We will also visit you at home and carry out an inspection of your property.

Click to expandWhen can I bid for the new homes?

​Our new homes will be advertised during summer 2017 in the Leeds Homes magazine and on the website www.leedshomes.org.uk.

You can sign up for text alerts when the properties appear in the Leeds home flyer and on the website.

We just need your name your phone number and the development you want to receive the text alert for.

Email nbh@leeds.gov.uk​​

Click to expandHow much will they cost to rent?

​Because of the funding condition for these new homes, the new tenants will pay an affordable rent which is in line with the amount paid by housing association tenants. This is more than other council tenants pay, however, the home will be highly energy efficient and we anticipate that the saving on energy bill will offset the additional rent.​​

Click to expandCan I buy one of the new homes?

​Our new homes are for letting only. None of them are available to buy or for shared ownership.

If you become a tenant then you may qualify for the right to buy, although special rules will apply. The discount will take the cost of building your home into account.


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