We developed and completed 4 housing schemes in York between 2014 and 2017, as part of phase 1 of the build programme.
We continue to look for opportunities to build more affordable housing in York, with consideration given to:
- maximising the number of homes on the available land
- local context and surroundings
- priority need as identified in the 2016 Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
- the impact of welfare reform changes
Most of the homes will be for 'social rent', unless Homes England 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
A number of sites were assessed as suitable for development, with status updates below:
Recently completed development schemes
- Beckfield Lane
- Hewley Avenue
- Pottery Lane
- Fenwick Street
Current development schemes
- James House - work has started on James House (a former office building) to create 57 self contained flats; accommodation will be for households who are homeless and awaiting permanent accommodation, with a range of accommodation developed for families with dependent children, couples and single people
Upcoming development schemes
- Newbury Avenue - planning approval for 5 bungalows has been granted; work expected to commence September 2018
- Chaloners Road - a planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of May 2018
Elderly Person Provision
In addition to building new temporary accommodation and general needs housing, we are looking to improve, replace and/or expand Elderly Person Provision in York. 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.
Glen Lodge, one of our independent living schemes, has been extended to provide 25 flats and 2 bungalows and includes support on a 24-hour basis the scheme was completed in November 2017.
Marjory Waite Court is an independent living scheme with 24 hour support, providing 42 homes:
- 22 flats, with 1 or 2 bedrooms, in the main building
- 20 properties, mostly bungalows, around the outside of the building
A planning application has been submitted for an extension to the existing building to provide 33 new homes; there will be 29 new Extra Care apartments and 4 two bedroom bungalows.