Brierley Homes is launching an exciting partnership with Broadacres Housing Association that will provide affordable homes for people looking to get on the housing ladder across North Yorkshire.

Work is set to begin on Monday on the first of a series of developments around the county.

Brierley Homes is a private house-building company wholly owned by North Yorkshire Council, while Broadacres is the only housing association based in North Yorkshire.

By pooling their knowledge, experience and resources they can help meet the demand for affordable homes.

According to a recent study commissioned by the National Housing Federation (NHF) and homelessness charity, Crisis, around 340,000 new homes need to be supplied in England each year, of which 145,000 should be affordable.

The initial scheme is located at Kirkby Malzeard, near Ripon, and will be called Laverton Oaks.

Brierley Homes is delivering the scheme following an agreement to purchase the land from Broadacres.

It will feature 33 houses, of which 13 will be affordable homes. They will be built to the highest specifications and feature energy-efficient construction techniques.

The scheme is scheduled to be completed within two years.

Details on further projects will be revealed in the coming months.

Brierley Homes managing director, Stuart Ede, said: “This announcement is the result of 12 months of hard work and negotiations between ourselves and Broadacres on this and other schemes.

“It is an exciting partnership between two North Yorkshire companies that will deliver high quality housing in areas of greatest need.

“Work will begin at Kirkby Malzeard shortly and we can’t wait to welcome new owners once the development is complete.”

Helen Fielding, Broadacres’ director of development and investment, said: “Working in partnership with Brierley Homes, we are pleased to be able to provide 13 much-needed affordable homes in this part of rural North Yorkshire.

“It’s important that we continue investing in even more affordable housing across the county, ensuring our rural communities remain sustainable for local people now and in the future.

“We see working closely with Brierley Homes as a major step towards achieving this.”