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Housing delivery programme

Self-build and Custom-build Programme

In addition to building our own houses through the Housing Delivery Programme we have also committed to supporting residents wanting to design and build their own homes either through self-building or a custom build route. This will help diversify the housing market in York and give people a different route to getting on or moving up the housing ladder.

We are encouraging all developers within York to collaborate with us on the delivery of self and custom build plots on their developments. If you are a landowner or developer and would like to discuss the benefits of including self and custom build on your site please contact Tim Moon at

Currently we are bringing forward various self and custom build opportunities on CYC owned land which are detailed below.

Lowfield Green

6 self-build plots on Rosemary Road were offered for sale in November 2019 and currently all are sold or reserved. These plots are part of a larger development site and more information on the larger site can be found at

Planning applications for all 6 plots have been submitted and these applications can be viewed on the York Planning Portal.

Artists impression of Self built or Custom built houses on a street Artists impression of self build houses on a street Artists impression of an aerial view of housing development, including custom and self build houses



The housing site builds on the two core principals of the wider Burnholme scheme, health and wellbeing. The mixed tenure homes will be certified Passivhaus and net zero carbon in use. The scheme is landscape led with generous new green spaces and further enhancements to the existing neighbouring public space to the east. The development will also see improved cycle links north to south for people living in the area, with the new streets focusing on providing a pedestrian and bike friendly environment through play streets which will be entirely car free. Around a quarter of the homes on the site will be fully wheelchair adaptable.

Planning permission was submitted September 2020 and includes an outline application for 5 self-build plots of varying sizes. We are currently in the process of procuring a development partner to support us bringing these forward with a detailed design code and plot passports.

Small Sites Programme

Alongside our larger sites we have committed to looking at other self and custom build opportunities within our own land holdings.

To this end we are currently working to procure a development partner to support us in bringing forward 8 small sites in various parts of the city, ranging in size from single plot infill sites to a 4/5 plot former garage site. These will in time enable us to market around 14 self-build plots and, unlike the plots on Lowfield Green, all are with in pre-existing communities. This project is still at the early stages and we are now starting the process of procuring a partner to help us deliver high quality serviced self-build plots with a comprehensive design code approved by the planning authority. As per the rest of our Housing Development Programme we will ensure local residents are consulted at an early stage, though the current situation may mean this has to happen online.

Also see

Housing Delivery Programme

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