New affordable family homes on the way in York

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Over 100 families will benefit from new high-quality and affordable housing within the city. Last night, councillors voted to grant planning permission* for 117 new homes in New Earswick in York.

  • 113 of the 117 new homes will be suitable for families. 
     
  • 100% of the homes will be affordable meaning residents can either rent them wholly from the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) on Social Rent or buy part of the home through Shared Ownership. 
     
  • The houses will be a mixture of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom homes.  With 60% being available for Social Rent and 40% for Shared Ownership.
     
  • The homes will be located on land north of Willow Bank in New Earswick. 
     
  • The homes will be built by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). 
     
  • Once built, the homes will be allocated to people on either the City of York Housing Register or by application to the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).
     
  • These homes are part of JRHT’s plans to provide 1,000 new and affordable homes by 2030, helping to reduce the shortfall of affordable housing locally. 

 
With York being in a housing crisis and a severe shortage of affordable homes impacted by rising house prices and rents, the decision to grant planning permission will be welcomed by many including residents on the City of York Council’s Housing Register which exceeds over 1,200 households. 

Chris Simpson, Executive Director for JRHT said: “It is fantastic news. These new homes will provide more residents with an affordable home within York. We recognise it has taken a while to reach this stage, but it has been important to listen to and address concerns and questions raised during the public consultation and the planning process.  

Once built these homes will be an integral part of the village of New Earswick, addressing the community’s needs while preserving the village’s distinct identity.  JRHT looks forward to continuing our work with City of York Council in providing more affordable homes for York in the near future.”

*The decision made by the planning committee will be referred to the Secretary of State to confirm the Council can determine the application. The referral is due to the Council taking the position that this site is currently Green Belt. 

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Artist impression of new homes on land north of Willow Bank

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Artist impression of new homes on land north of Willow Bank