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Council assets proposed to deliver the homes residents want

Published Thursday, 19 November 2020

A report on the council’s city asset management strategy is helping to identify and deliver the kind of homes that residents want and need in order to live and work in York.

The report looks at property and land the council owns and which could be better used to either generate income or to deliver the council’s Older Person’s Accommodation Programme and the Housing Delivery Programme.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

Our Older Person’s Accommodation Programme is working with partners to support residents’ stated preference to live independently in their own home for as long as possible.

“To meet that preference, so far the programme has delivered 227 extra new units of accommodation in independent living communities (ILCs) and ILCs with extra care. Besides the 33 extra units being built at Marjorie Waite Court – an older persons’ scheme with extra care - an improved housing management office, community hall and café are also being delivered.”

To enable people to stay in their own communities or close to their families, an additional 360 care home beds have been delivered by partners. That is over twice those which the council had to close because they no longer met modern standards of care. The report addresses those former care home sites which are now ready for redevelopment. They include:

  • Oakhaven which is being proposed for sale for redevelopment as a modern care home
  • Morrell House site which is being considered to support the council’s oversubscribed programme to provide plots on which people can build their own homes
  • Willow House which, depending on the outcome of public engagement, could be developed by the council as part of its Housing Delivery Programme (HDP).

Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing, said:

Additional homes may be delivered on York Central as part of the Housing Delivery Programme, and a proposal has been made to release £150,000 from the council’s York Central budget to review and develop an outline business case.

“The HDP programme is committed to delivering 600 homes across the city of which 40% are affordable - twice what planning guidelines require. All are low energy and 450 will be built to zero carbon standards. Currently, 140 HDP homes are under construction at Lowfield Green and 18 of the first phase of 21 homes have been reserved to date, while planning permission has been submitted for zero-carbon homes at Burnholme and Duncombe Barracks.”

These proposals form part of the council’s asset management strategy, which will goes to an Executive meeting this month.

The report looks back at the progress made to deliver the strategy over the last three years, including how the council is making the most of its available assets to increase annual revenues, realise capital to reinvest in essential priorities like more affordable housing and is reviewing assets that aren’t meeting these priorities.

You can find out more about the report online.

The Executive meeting takes place from 5.30pm on Thursday 26 November and is available to watch live or play back again on the Council website.