Published Thursday, 14th March 2019
Work is beginning to build 165 new homes on Lowfield Green, the first of eight sites included in City of York Council’s biggest house-building programme since the 1970s.
The much-needed homes for present and future generations will be set around an acre of open land for all to share. The landscaped site will include starter and family homes, wheelchair-accessible bungalows and apartments for down-sizing over-55s.
Some 40% of the homes will be affordable – over twice the minimum planning requirement. They will be either for the lowest available council rent or for low-cost ownership for residents – including for older people - offering between 25% to 75% shares with the option to buy more shares as and when the time is right for them. This will benefit those in the most acute housing need, from key workers and young families, to older people who are ready to downsize.
In addition, the site will include six self-build plots with services and access roads provided and a community build by YorSpace, again giving lower-income residents the chance to have their own home.
Recognising the needs of older residents and as part of our Older People’s Accommodation Programme, a range of accommodation will be built to allow people to live independently for longer. Besides homes able to be adapted as people’s needs change, the site will include a care home offering 80 modern, high quality beds: welcome additions to the city.
Preliminary works have begun to prepare the site for building. These include removing invasive giant hogweed, tree maintenance – including free services to neighbouring residents – as well crushing the foundations of the former school to use for the site’s roads. As well as keeping over 40 mature trees and 280 metres of hedgerow, over 200 more trees and over 150m of hedgerow will be planted, and bird and bat boxes put up around the site.
Cllr Jenny Brooks, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods at City of York Council, said: “I’m excited to see work starting that will lead to 165 high-quality, well-designed homes for the city.
“As part of our housing delivery programme of 600 homes – with 40% affordable - we will ensure that the housing needs of a broader range of York residents are met.”