Most of the scheme will be new-build. Credit: CoYC

York expands affordable homes plan

The council wants to add 16 homes to proposals signed off in November, taking the New Ordnance Lane project to more than 100 homes.

Last year, City of York Council’s executive rubber-stamped plans to build a 100% affordable homes development off Fulford Road, these zero-carbon in use homes are proposed to increase in number from 85 to 101.

The scheme has been designed by Mikhail Riches, with Tibbalds as planning consultant.

To accommodate the extra 16 homes, the number of larger properties for mixed generation households will be reduced. The space will instead be used to create more in-demand one- and two-bedroomed homes which will all be offered in a variety of affordable tenures.

The development will blend old and new, with the 90 new-build homes all designed to meet Passivhaus standards: CoYC said that this will reduce heating and cooling requirements by 75% compared to average new builds.

The 11 homes to be created in the legacy Victorian married quarters building will be refurbished and retrofitted to a high environmental standard.

Work to clear the site and prepare the land to build on will start this spring. Cllr Michael Pavlovic, executive member for housing, said: “These revised plans meet our commitment to give more residents access to high-quality, affordable housing which supports good health and our climate change ambitions across the city.”

The original site proposals, co-designed with local residents, won a National Housing Design Award 2023. The site, close to Fishergate, was historically home to accommodation for York’s ordnance depot and military hospital.

Cllr Jenny Kent, executive member for environment, said: “All the homes on this exciting site will be zero-carbon in use. Residents’ low energy needs for heating, hot water and lighting will be met on site by renewable energy generation measures such as solar panels.

“The new plans propose wide and car-free shared routes to connect with the wider neighbourhood. Increased cycle and cargo bike parking spaces will help promote healthier, cleaner and more affordable travel choices at this well-connected site.

“Increased green space will help on-site drainage and create places to grow food, play outdoors and help build the community.”

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