Hull’s fruit market workers given priority to affordable housing

Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015 by KCFM

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People who work in Hull’s fruit market will be given priority to new affordable housing being build in the area due to Hull City Council’s first local lettings policy.

Hull City Councils first local lettings policy for council flats has been approved.

This means that affordable housing will be available in the fruit market, with priority being given to those who already work in the area.

It comes as part of the regeneration of the fruit market. The flats which are currently being converted on Humber Street and Pier Street, come as part of a government-funded programme which aims to bring empty properties across the city back into use.

The first of these new houses will be one and two bedroom flats which are being converted on upper floors of warehouses, which have connections to the old wholesale fruit trade.

Councillor John Black, cabinet member for housing said “What we didn’t want to see was only people that could afford to buy new properties or rent privately. So we thought if we can put some money into these old buildings and convert them into flats. Then we want to give an opportunity to people to live in the area.”

He hopes that this will work towards making affordable housing more readily available to those who do not have the funds to secure a mortgage or privately rented properties and will appeal to those who already work in central Hull. With the aim of reducing traffic and emissions in the city centre.

“Most importantly with the housing investment is giving people the opportunity to live in that area who can actually afford the rents. Most of the areas you see up and down the country, you look at the residential areas, they’re still thinking I’d love to live there,but I couldn’t possibly afford that.”

Councillor Black also stated: “Its a demonstration that all strands of the council are all working together to coordinate the regeneration, and housings just one of those departments. We are going to see a very visible change in that area, and a very welcomed change”

These affordable flats will be available from later this year.

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Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015 by KCFM

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