We are building 50 to 70 new council homes in York during phase 1 of a build programme - a range of house types will be built, with consideration given to:
- maximising the number of homes on the available land
- local context and surroundings
- priority need as identified in the 2011 Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
- the impact of welfare reform changes
Most of the homes will be for 'social rent', unless Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) funding is secured. This would require the rents to be negotiated under the affordable rent regime.
Where possible the homes will be built to a minimum of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, through a fabric first approach (achieving sustainability through the built materials rather than technology), resulting in lower utility bills for the tenants.
Building locations and progress
5 sites were assessed as suitable for development, with Beckfield Lane and Hewley Avenue complete, the following three sites are being developed:
- Pottery Lane - This site of 6 two-bedroom houses is expected to be completed early 2017
- Fenwick Street - This site of 8 two-bedroom apartments will be for downsizing council or Housing Association tenants and is expected to be completed early/mid-2017
- Chaloners Road (Garage Court) - Planning permission has been secured to build 6 apartments and 2 houses - work on site will begin during 2017
In addition to building more general needs housing, we are also improving and expanding one of our sheltered housing schemes (Glen Lodge) to include extra care provision on a 24 hour basis.
WM Birch have been appointed as the developer to build a further 25 flats and 2 bungalows.
The plans aim to help older people to stay independent in their own home for as long as possible while offering a choice of accommodation to meet their requirements.