Kirklees Council is to work with two social housing providers to build 200 new homes on five sites it owns around the district.

The council is working with North East housing provider Thirteen and Yorkshire housing association Incommunities.

The council promises the developments will offer “vibrant new homes and attractive places for the people of Kirklees.”

Five sites, all owned by the council, will be developed with a range of house types and tenures but will include around 180 “affordable” homes. The council has not yet revealed where the homes will be built.

The aim is to create new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local people, and local communities will be involved.

Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for housing, said: “Partnership working is at the heart of our vision for housing growth in Kirklees.

“I am excited to be working with organisations that share our values and ambitions around seeing higher quality, greener, more community focused homes and neighbourhoods.

“The varied range of housing types and occupancy options will ensure that these developments offer homes that meet the needs of our diverse Kirklees communities. This is another positive step towards making Kirklees a great place to live, work and visit.”

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Sharon Thomas, Thirteen’s director of business growth, added: “This is fantastic news and so many colleagues from both Thirteen and Incommunities have worked in partnership to make this bid a success.

“The plans for the five schemes put forward demonstrate our commitment to making sure the homes we deliver meet the aspiration of residents.

“Our homes will be zero carbon ready, plus we will create spaces with great accessibility that people can enjoy and feel safe in, and we will respond to the housing needs of the diverse community in this part of the world.

“In a nutshell, it will mean we’ll deliver high quality, green homes and much more for the people of Kirklees.”

Rupert Pometsey, director of development and growth at Incommunities, added: “We are proud to have been successful on this joint development bid with Thirteen for housing sites in Kirklees.

“Incommunities is committed to working with partners to improve housing choice and this collaboration ensures both housing associations can utilise their shared drive to provide great places where people want to live and work.”

Plans are currently in the development stage and the council will share details as the schemes progress in the coming months.