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Planning secured for council’s first Passivhaus homes

Published Thursday, 1 April 2021

City of York Council has secured planning permission for its first Passivhaus homes.

The Duncombe Barracks site is the first phase of one of the UK’s largest net zero carbon housing development programmes.

Continuing York’s pioneering approach to house building, the 34 homes at the site in Clifton have been designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Mikhail Riches. Intensive engagement with local people helped inform this part of the council’s Housing Delivery Programme, the largest housing programme for a generation, delivering 600 exceptional homes which will be constructed over the next 5 years.

The 34 homes will be 40% affordable and all will be accessible and adaptable to meet resident’s changing needs. Of the affordable properties, 7 will be for social rent and 7 for shared ownership. The homes range from 1-bed apartments to 4-bed houses to support the creation of a mixed community. It includes a unit opening out onto the new public space on Burton Stone Lane adjacent to St Luke’s Church, which will be for commercial or community use.

Councillor Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Communities, said:

This is a significant endorsement of our environmental ambitions and supports the city’s carbon neutral ambitions too. The Duncombe Barracks homes will be certified as Passivhaus and net zero carbon when in use, including air source heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels to generate renewable energy, giving residents very low energy bills.

“The site is designed to connect pedestrians and cyclists to the new development at Bootham Crescent and on to the city centre. Located close to the city and local amenities, walking and cycling and will be encouraged with the provision of over 140 cycle parking spaces, cargo bike storage on site and pedestrian priority play streets.”

Pre-planning engagement involved the local community and neighbouring St Luke’s Church, where remodelling is planned this year. A shared courtyard area next to the church is proposed, which opens up views from the street of the church previously blocked by the former barracks building. A large central open space will provide informal play and relaxation space too where people from the community can get to know each other.

Work will start on site by the end of 2021.