Plans unveiled to build 60 affordable homes on York’s green belt

How the homes would look. Images: planning documents

Plans for 60 affordable homes to be built off a main road in the city have been submitted.

The homes could be built on green belt land off Boroughbridge Road – opposite another new development of 266 houses on the old Civil Service Sports Ground.

Most of the homes would be two or three-bedroom houses and bungalows, according to the planning application submitted by York Housing Association and Karbon Homes.

A view of the development

The two-hectare site would include a mixture of social rent, rent to buy and shared ownership homes.

Planning documents say: “The buildings are designed to be long life, durable, low maintenance and energy efficient.

“All houses have at least one parking bay… which will be equipped with a wall-mounted charging point for electric vehicles.”

It says the bungalows will help meet the “acute need” for homes for disabled people in York.

A park area will be created to the north of the site – between the homes and Muddy Boots Nursery.

Concerns over flooding

The development would provide affordable homes

The report says a public consultation was launched and adds: “Many were in favour of the provision of affordable housing within York.

“Many were pleased to see two and three-bed units available which would provide homes for many young adults who could not afford the relatively high housing costs in the city.

“Some voiced concerns about traffic numbers and access as well as concerns over ecology and flooding. Many of [these] were addressed by the surveys and reports that accompany this application.”

The homes are earmarked for York’s green belt
Image: planning documents

The planning application says there are “very special circumstances” why the development should be allowed on the green belt.

These include the lack of affordable homes in York and claims that the land does not “contribute to green belt purposes”.

Miller Homes submitted plans for a 266-home development on the other side of the road – and appealed to the planning inspectorate after waiting almost four years for the council to decide on the application.

The inspector granted planning permission for the development in October 2019.