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A housebuilder has announced plans to open 19 new sites across the Yorkshire region in 2018, creating 2,800 new homes and over 1,000 associated jobs.

Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, which includes the David Wilson Homes brand, said sites will be in Leeds, Barnsley and Huddersfield. New employment will be in construction trades such as bricklayers, electricians and landscapers, through to head office support roles.

In the 2016/17 financial year Barratt Developments supported 610 sub-contractor companies and 370 supplier companies. The company intends to continue to support the local environments in which it builds. During 2017, more than 3,110 trees or shrubs were planted or retained on developments and 19.2ha of green space was created through public open spaces or private gardens, equivalent to 759 tennis courts.

The housebuilder recycled 95 per cent of its construction waste. Ian Ruthven, managing director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, said: “We’re delighted to continue contributing to the regional economy through local jobs for local people across our 19 new sites.

“We’re committed to investing in and supporting tradesmen across the region and look forward to working with them over the next year to build even more quality homes.

“As well as creating more jobs, the communities in which we build we be supported through our S106 contributions. In the 2017 financial year we provided over £13 million in local contributions to the areas surrounding our developments, which goes towards facilities such as public open spaces, school and educational facilities, public transport measures, and recreational facilities, as well as many other projects.

We look forward to continue helping create thriving communities over the next 12 months.”

Source: Wakefield Express

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