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Unity Homes and Enterprise completes affordable housing scheme in Hunslet in partnership with Homes and Communities Agency and Leeds City Council

Unity Homes and Enterprise has completed a £1.2 million affordable housing scheme in Hunslet in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Leeds City Council.


Rocheford Court comprises nine two- and three-bedroom houses and two disabled-access bungalows, all of which have now been leased to tenants.


The scheme was officially opened by the Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, Councillor Richard Lewis.


He was accompanied by Unity’s chief executive Ali Akbor, regeneration director Wayne Noteman, board members Naseer Ahmed and Shazia Khan, and new tenant Jonathan Griffiths, who gave the group a tour of the bungalow he has moved into with his wife Louise and daughter Chloe.


Griffiths, who had his right leg amputated less than a year ago, following a blood clot, was full of praise for his new home.


“Unity has been fantastic,” he said. “The layout of the property was excellent to begin with, making it easy for me to get around. However, Unity ensured that it incorporated a lowered kitchen sink, work top and hobs. The bathroom has also been kitted out with a range of facilities which are equally accessible for me and able-bodied users.


“I want to be self-sufficient and not forced to rely on my wife and daughter.  Thanks to Unity, I have been given a great deal of independence back and feel much more useful.  They get things done.”   


Ali Akbor, chief executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, added: “I am thrilled at the completion of such a high quality development and, in particular, by the bungalows.


“Unity is absolutely committed to serving the needs of our tenants, old and new.  We want to make their lives better. 


“We worked closely with Jonathan, social care professionals and other partners to equip the property to his specific circumstances.  We also arranged follow-up visits from Unity staff after Jonathan and his family had moved in. 


“Few other housing associations are building bungalows of this type and we are enormously proud to be increasing the number we have in our housing stock across Leeds.”


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