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Housing delivery programme

We've committed to develop 600 new homes across York in council-owned sites.

Whilst new homes are needed in the city, this programme is more than about numbers. We've committed to innovative design principles to ensure that we create great places to live.

Development sites are using the approved Design Manual, ‘Building Better Places’, setting a new standard for our next housing developments. This document focuses on 5 key themes:

  1. delivering the housing our residents need
  2. building healthy homes and neighbourhoods
  3. creating distinctive and beautiful places which bring communities together
  4. reducing our impact on the environment and residents’ energy bills
  5. supporting sustainable transport choices and connectivity

Each site is designed in collaboration with the local community. We'll analyse each location in detail before any design work is undertaken, and develop strong contacts with residents and other local stakeholders.

To support our public engagement activities, we have created a Public Engagement Strategy which outlines the steps we will take to ensure that all voices are heard and positively responded to.


Our ambition is to create a wide-reaching legacy for the city which builds on York’s rich history as a housing pioneer, developing treasured homes in green and healthy neighbourhoods.

New council-built communities

The new developments will be mixed tenure, meaning that the homes will meet a wide variety of housing need. Affordable homes will be provided through social rent council homes and shared ownership. Revenue from market sale homes will help to cross-fund the development costs and support inclusive and sustainable communities.

The programme will deliver at least 40% affordable housing, twice the amount required by planning policy.

We're also excited to offer individuals and community groups opportunities to self-build as part of the programme; find out more custom-build or self-build plot

If you're part of a community housing organisation and are looking for support to bring your project forward, please contact Tim Moon at

Shape Homes York

We have created the Shape Homes York sales brand to support the programme objectives, and for those interested in a market sale or shared ownership property.

View more information about the sites which are under development, and homes which are available to buy, on the Shape Homes York website.

Housing development locations

Also see

Housing Delivery Programme

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA