Council says Yes to Homes

5 Sep 2013 @ 1.15 pm
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‘Good quality housing important for health’ says Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing. Photograph: City of York Council
Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council is backing this Yes to Homes week, as work progresses to Get York Building and the Local Plan seeks to identify sites for much-needed homes across the city.

The National Housing Federation’s campaign aims to solve the prevailing housing shortage and at a time when the council’s Local Plan is seeking to boost house numbers and York’s economic growth.

Among the plan’s ambitions are identifying sites for over 20,000 new homes for present and future generations in a city where demand is outstripping supply.

The 15-year plan also aims to generate new jobs, not just in the building trade but also by allocating over 350,000 square metres of land for employment development where business premises can be constructed.

Homes built will be both affordable and available on the open market, and will deliver a mix of housing that aims to meet the city’s needs, including.

Indeed, planning permission is currently being sought by City of York Council for up to 30 new council homes off Beckfield Lane.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care, said: “I’m backing this campaign because last year more than 27,000 new families formed in Yorkshire and the Humber but fewer than 10,000 new homes were completed, and because York’s waiting list for council homes is now 4,777.

“The big shortage of new homes is a reason why house prices in Yorkshire and Humber have risen faster than anywhere else in the country, why private sector rents are rising quickly, and why the region has a higher proportion of people on social housing waiting lists than any other.

“Good quality, well insulated and ventilated affordable housing plays a significant part in ensuring people’s health and wellbeing.

“So addressing the lack of houses is crucial to ensure we have a healthy, sustainable, affordable housing market across all tenures to strengthen the local and meet people’s aspirations rather than defeat them.”


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