Work Begins to Build New Council Houses in York
7:24am 4th March 2014
(Updated 7:32am 4th March 2014)
Work to begin building new council homes at Beckfield Lane has begun, backed by £403,054 grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Planning permission to redevelop the former household waste facility at Beckfield Lane into much-needed homes was approved in September 2013. A total 27 new homes – nine two-bedroomed apartments and 18 houses – will be built, of which nine houses will be for sale on the open market.
The nine apartments are intended for council and housing association tenants currently under-occupying larger family houses in the city, and will replicate similar successful downsizing schemes such as those at Tangle Tree Court, Pately Place and Birch Park.
This development is part of a wider £7 million project to deliver 50 to 70 new council homes across six different sites. This was the first site to receive planning permission in September 2013 and applications are currently being prepared for the other five sites.
To reduce the amount of funding needed from the council’s Housing Revenue Account to build the homes in this phase, the council has been awarded £403,054 of Affordable Homes Programme grant funding by the HCA.
Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Adult Social Care, said: “This very welcome grant, together with sales income from the nine homes to be sold on the open market, will allow the council to maximise its resources and potentially increase the number of new council homes it is able to build in future phases. I’m delighted we can progress on this site, providing much-needed homes and adding to the local community with this mixed tenure development.”
Nancy Atkinson, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said:“The start on site of these homes, 18 of which will be affordable, is fantastic news for local people. Our investment of £403,000 will help City of York Council make a real difference to local people by helping to provide the right type of homes for local people. I look forward to coming back next year, seeing the completed homes and meeting the residents.”
Meanwhile, the council is continuing discussions with the HCA to bid for further government funding for the remaining five sites once planning permission has been granted.
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