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Housing delivery programme

Duncombe Barracks development site

The Duncombe Barracks site was purchased from the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in August 2019. The site is 0.66 hectares and located on Burton Stone Lane in Clifton ward. The vision for the site is to provide high-quality Passivhaus certified new homes which meet the housing needs of our residents. We hope to deliver a sustainable community with a mix of affordable and outright sale homes and excellent outdoor spaces along with sustainable travel routes into the city centre.

Current proposal

The Duncombe Barracks site was granted planning permission for 34 homes and 1 commercial unit in April 2021. There will be a mix of 1 bedroom flats and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes, comprising of the following tenure mix:

  • 20% social rent
  • 20% shared ownership
  • 60% outright sale

The development is planned with sustainability at its heart with low car parking and an emphasis on excellent travel routes for cycling and walking as well as cycle storage facilities. The site offers both natural play spaces for children along with communal growing areas and a relaxing recreational space in front of St Luke’s church. Engaging with local communities has been key to developing the plans and will continue to be central to the design process.


Stage A – High level design appraisal

  • engagement with the neighbourhood and communities
  • meet the design team, 2 October 2019 at St Luke’s Church
  • a drop in session to discuss our initial site analysis work with local people and learn more about the area and its history with those who know it best.

We were really keen to share our aspirations for the site and ensure the local community supported this vision.

Stage B – Refining the Design Brief

  • engagement with the neighbourhood and communities
  • full day interactive workshop, 16 November 2019 at St Luke’s Church - a detailed design workshop comprising briefings from the design team in the morning followed by a hands-on modelling session in the afternoon with inspirations from over 200 drawings provided by the children at Clifton Green Primary School.
  • midway design review, 27 February 2020 at St Luke’s Church - a drop in session to share with local people the progress of our designs and get additional comments and reviews to better inform our plans

Stage C – Concept Design and Planning Application proposal

  • engagement with the neighbourhood and communities
  • online consultation arranged due to COVID-19, March-April
  • pre-planning consultation - external display on site and online consultation, August to September


  • planning application submitted October 2020
  • planning application approved April 2021
  • start on site - anticipated Spring 2022
  • completion - anticipated Autumn 2023

Also see

Housing Delivery Programme

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA