WORK is underway to build 165 new homes on Lowfield Green in York, part of the city council’s biggest housebuilding programmes since the 1970s.
The development is the first of eight sites included in the programme. The homes will be set around an acre of open land for all to share, the council said.
The landscaped site will include starter and family homes, wheelchair-accessible bungalows and apartments for down-sizing over-55s.
Some 40% of the homes will be “affordable”, which is said to be over twice the minimum planning requirement. They will be either for the lowest available council rent or for low-cost ownership for residents – including for older people – offering between 25% to 75% shares with the option to buy more shares as and when the time is right for them. T
In addition, the site will include six self-build plots with services and access roads provided and a community build by YorSpace, again giving lower-income residents the chance to have their own home.
Recognising the needs of older residents and as part of our Older People’s Accommodation Programme, a range of accommodation will be built to allow people to live independently for longer. Besides homes able to be adapted as people’s needs change, the site will include a care home offering 80 modern, high quality beds.
Preliminary works have begun to prepare the site for building. These include removing invasive giant hogweed, tree maintenance – including free services to neighbouring residents – as well as crushing the foundations of the former school to use for the site’s roads.
Furthermore, over 40 mature trees and 280 metres of hedgerow will be kept, while over 200 more trees and over 150 metres of hedgerow will be planted. Bird and bat boxes will also be put up around the site.
“I’m excited to see work starting that will lead to 165 high-quality, well-designed homes for the city,” said Councillor Jenny Brooks, the city council’s executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods. “As part of our housing delivery programme of 600 homes – with 40% affordable – we will ensure that the housing needs of a broader range of York residents are met.”