Published Wednesday, 10th October 2018

An attractive opportunity to buy and build much-needed affordable homes on a brownfield site formerly used by the Ministry of Defence, has been offered to the council.

An attractive opportunity to buy and build much-needed affordable homes on a brownfield site formerly used by the Ministry of Defence, has been offered to the council.

The 1.67 acre plot formed part of Duncombe Barracks on Burton Stone Lane and has been offered to City of York Council to buy.

On Thursday 18 October, the council’s executive will be asked to agree a £2.55 million capital budget in order to buy and prepare a full planning application for the site.

If the purchase is agreed, this site would be in addition to the council’s five-year plan to deliver 550 new homes across the city.

Work on the site suggests that at least 36 homes can be built on it, and the council is planning to go above and beyond national planning guidelines and deliver a mixed tenure housing development which would include 40% affordable housing.

Councillor Helen Douglas, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods said: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire land in a well-serviced residential location where, subject to planning permission, we can build much-needed, affordable homes in higher than usual numbers.

“This will help meet our ambition to deliver 550 homes in five years, which will support lower and middle income households find the homes they so urgently need. I am grateful to the MOD for their continued work with us on this project.”

 

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