The City of York Council’s planning committee approved the construction of 117 homes on a 4.7ha Green Belt site despite opposition. However, the decision still needs to be confirmed by the Secretary of State due to the site’s Green Belt status.
The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) plans to build the homes in New Earswick, along with parking for 160 cars. Opponents of the scheme have raised concerns about its size, potential traffic congestion, worsening flooding problems, loss of land used by dog walkers, and a lack of healthcare and social facilities in the village.
On the other hand, the trust says the development will deliver 113 high-quality homes suitable for families. All the homes will be affordable, offering the option to either rent them from the trust on Social Rent or buy part of the home through Shared Ownership.
The houses will consist of a mixture of 1, 2, and 3-bed homes, with 60% available for Social Rent and 40% for Shared Ownership. Once built, the homes will be allocated to people on the City of York Housing Register or by application to the trust.
The new homes are part of JRHT’s plans to provide 1,000 new and affordable homes by 2030 to reduce the shortfall of affordable housing locally. The trust highlights the significant shortage of homes in York, with the number of households on the City of York Council’s Housing Register exceeding 1,200.
The Executive Director for JRHT, Chris Simpson, expressed his excitement about the planning approval and emphasized the importance of addressing concerns and questions raised during the public consultation and planning process.
The City of York Council figures highlight the need for 592 social and affordable rent homes to be delivered in the city each year, whereas only an average of 92 such homes were delivered annually over the last five years.
In conclusion, the trust looks forward to continuing its work with the City of York Council to provide more affordable homes for York in the near future.