Plans submitted for affordable homes scheme aimed at York key workers

An outline planning application has been submitted for a 100% affordable homes scheme on New Lane in Huntington, which will be aimed at local key workers and families in York.

Jomast Developments, in partnership with Together Housing, has submitted the plans following public consultation in March. The scheme includes circa 106 affordable homes consisting of a range of 2,3 and 4-bedroom homes alongside generous open space provision and a comprehensive landscaping scheme to provide a green, biodiverse setting for the development.

With house prices in York rising over recent years and the City falling short of the need as identified by the Council for 592 affordable dwellings per year, this scheme for a mix of shared ownership and social or affordable rented properties would help to meet this local need.

Recognising local housing challenges, the social housing provider is offering a period of exclusivity to local key workers such as NHS staff, social and care workers, school workers, civil servants, and emergency service workers, should the plans be approved. The public consultation included a question asking whether respondents would be interested in living at the development, and 26% indicated yes.

Together Housing is a trusted housing organisation and one of the largest in the North of England, which has a proven track record with recent schemes across Yorkshire, including in Scarborough, Easingwold, and Howden. The rented homes would be managed by Together Housing, and the shared ownership homes sold by the sales brand, Together Homes.

The site is a plot of land located between Huntington village centre and the Monks Cross retail development, nearby to the New Lane cemetery. There is a strong road, cycling and walking network into Huntington as well as sustainable travel options nearby via the Monks Cross Park & Ride.

Chris Watson from Together Homes said: “This is an important milestone in our plans to help meet the critical need for a range of genuinely affordable homes for local residents who have been increasingly locked out of York in recent years. That is why an offer is included within the plans for a period of exclusivity for local key workers.

“There is an identified need for shared ownership and affordable rented homes, which this scheme can help meet”.

A spokesperson from Jomast said: “These submitted plans for new affordable homes at New Lane in Huntington have been carefully designed, and we are very proud of the submitted scheme, which includes several areas of green open space for residents to access. The location nearby to the plethora of shopping, leisure and health facilities at Monks Cross is ideal for this site”.

A planning application has been submitted to City of York Council, and a decision is expected later in the year.

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