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Thousand Homes A Year Planned For York


7:04pm 12th September 2014
(Updated 7:05pm 12th September 2014)

A thousand homes a year are planned in York for the next fifteen years under new plans revealed this afternoon.

Council bosses have cut the proposed number of new homes from between 1,090 and 1,250 houses a year in an earlier version of their Local Plan document. Instead, a minimum of 996 new homes a year are planned, with 1,170 homes a year planned for the first six years.


Plans for a new village in the countryside near Heslington, which would be called Whinthorpe would see 6,000 homes built, which is an increase on 5,580 homes proposed in the earlier Local Plan. But another proposed new village called Clifton Gate, which would be built on land near Clifton Moor has been reduced in size from 4,020 homes to 2,800 homes in the latest version of the plans.

The city council estimates the total 16,980 homes which would be built across York to cope with an estimated 40,000 increase in population by 2030.


Officials say they are working to use existing space within the city first, before building on the surrounding countryside. Cabinet member Dave Merrett, who's in charge of bringing in the Local Plan, said "We will continue to have a brownfield first policy where sites are viable." He added that the Local Plan creates York's first official green belt, which will be in place for the next 25 years.

But one key brownfield site, York Central, which is the land behind the railway station, is unlikely to be built on early in the Local Plan process as officials say it is "unviable at the moment".Council official Sarah Tanburn told a press conference; "There isn't enough space in the dense urban centre of York to build all homes needed."


Dave Merrett added that in the new plans they had tried to avoid swamping smaller villages in the York suburbs but did say "The housing allocations to smaller villages are pretty modest, but areas like Haxby and Copmanthorpe have been seen as areas of expansion."

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