Plans for 550 new homes on council-owned sites

Next week’s City of York Council’s Executive meeting will discuss  plans to build around 550 houses on council owned property over a five year period.

40 per cent of the new homes will be targeted to support those who currently struggle to get on the housing market, and will meet the needs of a wide range of residents, including key workers and first time buyers. The sale of the rest of the houses at market value will subsidise the others

The programme will deliver the largest number of council homes in a generation, with a range of alternative affordable housing options, including self-build, shared-ownership, discount sales and Rent to Buy products.

Additionally the council will manage the development itself to ensure that number of affordable homes built remains in line with council plans. The new developments will be designed in a way the supports the creation of healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities and designed to high environmental standards,  Homes will also be accessible, enabling residents to live more independently and stay in their homes for longer. 

The planning application for Lowfield Green will go to planning committee in August. Burnholme and the former Askham Bar Park&Ride site will be developed next as part of the first phase of the programme. 

The project will look to maximise the use of local workers and apprenticeships and training. The council is also considering the potential to buy new build properties from developers in order to provide additional affordable housing.

Cllr Helen Douglas, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods said: “With the Local Plan agreed, these proposals demonstrate that our Conservative-led administration is taking the lead creating new, high-quality homes. 

“The variety of available tenures will help many households to be able move into some fantastic new and some might say innovative housing schemes in the near future.”