Council to allocate sites for major house build plan


City of York council hopes to see 20,000 homes over 15 years built as part of a wider economic growth package.

The radical proposals, which will be considered by the council’s cabinet at a meeting later this month, allocate safeguarded land, including a section of green belt land, to meet the city’s housing and other needs.

Sixty-two sites have been identified for housing development across the city following a ‘call for sites’ exercise in 2012. These include private rented and affordable homes.

The plans, which would accommodate a population growth of 40,000 people over the next 15 years, are in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, introduced by the government last year.

James Alexander, leader of York council, said: ‘We recognise that the biggest challenge for York is the city’s need for affordable housing. Having met with the minister for planning, Nick Boles MP, I’m pleased that he agrees with our push for economic growth through an ambitious local plan.’

If approved, the plans would also see the creation of 20 ‘employment sites’ that have been identified for future development in York.

‘We’ve taken the tough decision to allocate 1.8 per cent of draft green belt land for development in order to meet the needs of our rapidly growing city and deliver key developments such as York Central, and to deliver jobs, homes and protect York’s unique built environment for future generations.’