Plans submitted for Karbon’s  first housing development in York

Wednesday, 17th June 2020

Plans for a new development of 60 affordable homes have been submitted to the City of York Council.

The proposals for Boroughbridge Road in the city include a mix of much needed 2 and 3 bedroom homes and 2-bedroom bungalows of mixed tenure including social rent, Rent to Buy and shared ownership. 

If approved, the new development will provide high quality housing for local people who may not be able to afford the relatively high housing costs locally, but still need to live close to their employers and services in the city centre. 

Each energy efficient home has been designed to last, to be sustainable, and will include a private garden and a dedicated car parking space, fully equipped with wall-mounted charging points for electric vehicles. 

The proposals include 12 two-bedroom bungalows, which will be wheelchair accessible and will meet the acute need for homes for disabled people in York. 

The 2.8 hectare site is situated off the A59, less than three miles north-west of the city centre and is well served by public transport. It is within walking distance of the nearby train station, which offers links to Leeds and York and there is a bus stop opposite the site to serve commuters travelling to Acomb and York city centre. There is a parade of shops approximately 800m from the proposed site and it's a 115-minute walk to a number of retail shops and outlets. 

A park area is included within the plans on green open space situated north of the site, between the homes and a nearby nursery and pre-school facility and a throughfare pedestrian cycle access route has been incorporated into the design. 

Earlier this year, local residents and ward members attended a public consultation event, organised by staff from Karbon Homes and York Housing Association. The majority of those who attended were in favour of the provision of affordable housing in the area and said they were pleased to see a mix of units which will provide an option for people who may not otherwise be able to afford to live in York. Concerns were raised about traffic and access, ecology and flooding but all of these issues were addressed during the events. 

A consultation leaflet has also been circulated to local residents in the surrounding area. 

Ged Walsh, director of development at Karbon Homes, said: "Like most major cities, housing costs are often too high and unaffordable for many local people in York. We hope this proposed new development on the outskirts of the city will appeal to many local people looking to live close to the centre, where there are excellent amenities. 

"If approved, this would be our first development close to York city centre, and it would be managed by our partners at York Housing Association. The development will provide a good mix of tenure including two and three bedroom homes which will appeal to single people, couples and families while the bungalows will provide high quality homes for older people and can also be adapted for disabled people and for those who require wheelchair level access. 

"The site is located on land allocated as green belt but after consulting with the local community, we are encouraged by the support and feedback we have received."

The plans are expected to be considered at full council later this year and if approved, the development will be built opposite another new housing development of 266 homes by Miller homes, built on the former Civil Service Sports grounds, which was approved by City of York Council in November 2019.

The development will be Karbon Homes and York Housing Association's second new build development following the completion of 12 affordable homes at Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire.