Housing association opens 100th home in Whitby

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LEEDS and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) has continued to combat the housing shortage by unveiling its 100th property in Whitby.

The LYHA has provided six new affordable one-bedroom flats on Whitby’s Esplanade for tenants who would otherwise struggle to afford stable accommodation.

John Burroughs, housing strategy and development officer at Scarborough Council said: “We are extremely pleased with the new flats.

“As we all know there is an acute affordable housing shortage in Whitby and this development provides a welcome addition for Whitby residents in housing need.”

The LYHA provides affordable property by renovating unused space in existing buildings, which it can then offer as general family housing, sheltered flats for the elderly, or as apartments for single people.

David Whitehead, chief executive of LYHA said: “LYHA is constantly looking at ways to address the lack of social housing in the Yorkshire region. “One of the ways we are doing this is by developing spaces within existing buildings that would otherwise remain unused.

“Following the success of the basement conversions on Royal Crescent in 2009, it was an obvious step for us to carry out similar transformations within our properties on the Esplanade.

“I hope the developments provide safe and pleasant homes for residents in Whitby for many years to come.”

Other LYHA properties in Whitby are located at Church Street, Crescent Avenue, Normanby Terrace, Royal Avenue and Royal Crescent in the West Cliff area.

The association also has a sheltered housing scheme at West Thorpe.