Yorkshire to Welcome £90m Worth of Affordable Housing
Social housing providers in Yorkshire can expect 468 new homes currently under construction, as well as an affordable housing pipeline worth £90 million.


Esh Construction are building on seven sites across the county including Sheffield, with many developments aiming for completion before August this year.

A number of social housing providers including Great Places Housing Group, Barnsley Council, and Akkeri Developments will benefit from affordable homes, retirement apartments, and bungalows.

The largest contract of the developments is the Lytton Road development, a 44-home project delivered on behalf of Sheffield Housing Company. Other projects include an 82-home project in Castleford in partnership with Leeds Federated Housing Association and WDH.

Esh expect to deliver over 400 more homes in Yorkshire over the next three years. Operations director, Simon Woodward, said: “The injection of Government investment in this sector coupled with a target to build 180,000 new homes through the Affordable Homes Programme into 2026 has opened up major opportunities across our region. Now there is huge pressure on the industry to deliver.

“Our teams and partners have worked tirelessly over the past two years, and prior to that during the pandemic, to build high quality homes for our clients through the traditional tendering process, in addition to bringing forward land for development through our land-led solution.

“Achieving this against a backdrop of material shortages and rising costs due to inflationary pressures has been no mean feat.”

Energy efficiency is also being addressed in the region

Esh Construction is an approved contractor on the Efficiency North, Innovation Chain North and Prosper Frameworks on the Efficiency North, Innovation Chain North and Prosper Frameworks.

They are currently underway with a pioneering regeneration scheme, which is set to deliver 106 much-needed energy efficient and affordable homes in Halifax.

Building on a site that was formerly home to three tower blocks, the project has been considered a benchmark for other Yorkshire organisations dealing with difficult sites.

Land led approaches are seeing success throughout Yorkshire

Another development nearing its completion is Esh’s first jointly developed land scheme in partnership with Housing 21 and Together Housing Group in Doncaster, which is expected to deliver 56 affordable homes, 12 bungalows, and a three-storey retirement building consisting of 58 apartments.

Laura Devaney, land and partnerships director at Esh, said: “We are immensely proud to highlight the success of land led projects throughout the region in recent months with a £25 million scheme in Bridlington recently submitted for planning.

“A land-led approach alleviates a lot of work for providers, and instead allows them to focus on weighing up site viability for location, rent and sales purposes, while we focus on technical detail and design. Each party focuses on their own expertise and marrying the two together can bring greater success.

Esh is one of just a small number of contractors in the UK who can apply for grants under the current Homes England Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26, therefore we can support registered providers with funding as part of the land led process.