National Housing Federation Chief Executive David Orr led a ground breaking cut at Incommunities’ latest affordable homes development.
Eleven family-sized homes are set to be built on the site of the former Shipley fire station, off Saltaire Road.
The development will be a mix of two and three bedroom houses which will be available for shared ownership, for rent through the Government’s Rent to Buy scheme and also outright sale.
The homes have been sympathetically designed to complement the surrounds of the nearby Saltaire village, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Each home will come with fully fitted kitchen and bathrooms, energy efficient central heating, individual parking spaces and landscaped surrounds.
The development is starting this month.
The site is one of two cleared fire station sites transferred to Incommunities from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. A second development of 11 more affordable homes is starting at Idle.
As part of the land transfer the fire service have built a state-of-the art fire station on a cleared housing site on the outskirts of Shipley.
Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive Geraldine Howley said: "We are delighted to be getting this exciting development off the ground which will provide a nice balance of homes for rent, shared ownership and for sale.
"The development is the result of a welcome partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and funding support from the national housing and regeneration agency, Homes England.
"Everyone is looking forward to delivering more great homes for local people, as part of our programme to complete over 120 houses in 2018."
National Housing Federation Chief Executive, David Orr said: "I would like to commend Incommunities, the fire service and Homes England who have worked together to bring forward this development.
New affordable homes are what the country so desperately needs so it’s a pleasure to see all parties being bold for the benefit of local people and our communities."
Both the Saltaire and Idle developments will be managed in-house by Lumia Homes – the development arm of Incommunities – and the contractor is the West Yorkshire-based Jack Lunn Group.