More Holbeck back-to-backs to benefit from insulation works

250 back to back houses in Holbeck are set to receive insulation works to reduce householders’ energy bills.

Senior councillors on the executive board will discuss plans for the Rydalls, Shaftons, Crosbys, Runswicks and Pleasants areas at their meeting next Wednesday (17 April 2024). A smaller scheme for the Cedars in Armley is also being considered.

The Holbeck scheme follows two earlier phases of work which have seen 299 properties improved since 2018. Properties have been retrofitted with external thermal insulation, roof insulation together with new doors, windows and heating systems where needed.

Half of the £8.5m for Holbeck is coming from the Heart of Holbeck project, funded by the Department of Levelling Up, Communities and Housing. Additional funding is coming from Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, homeowner/landlord contribution and Housing Revenue Account (HRA) funding for council homes.

If approved work could start in Holbeck as soon as June this year with completion of the project expected by February 2026.

As well as the financial and health benefits to households, the scheme will reduce carbon emissions and is hoped to improve the supply chain for such retrofitting works, which could benefit tens of thousands of similar solid-walled properties across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

You can read the full report here.


Photo:  Properties in the Recreations were improved in Phase 1 in 2018


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