YORK’S largest affordable housing development in a generation has been granted planning permission.
The scheme, located in Lowfield Green in the west of the city, proposes 165 new homes, of which 40% are claimed to be affordable. It will also feature an 80-bed care home.
In addition, the planning permission also green lights six plots for the city’s first self-build homes.
“This is the largest single, affordable development this council will build in a generation and frees up a site that’s been underused for a decade,” said Councillor Helen Douglas, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods.
“Providing 40% affordable housing on this site, is part of a wider ambition of developing 550 new homes on council land in the next five years, together with bringing forward plans for York Central and the wider development ambitions set out in the Local Plan.
“We’re aiming to be on site at Lowfield early next year, to fulfil the urgent need for good quality new and affordable mixed tenure homes in York.”
The affordable homes will be a mixture of council housing which will be let at a social rent at approximately £90 a week, the council said. In addition, it claims that “low cost home ownership tenures” will help residents on low and middle incomes and who can’t afford to buy on the open housing market onto the property ladder in the city.
The permission granted is for 96 two- and three-storey houses, 26 bungalows and 18-apartments aimed people over 55s wishing to downsize. These homes for older people will be built to a standard which allows adaptations to be made as the resident’s needs change.
The houses will predominantly have two and three bedrooms to meet the need for affordable family homes with modest gardens front and back, and parking integral to each plot. All properties will be supported by renewable energy at levels above required standards.