York council reveals names of two new housing estates
Two ultra-green housing estates being built in York now have names.
The first two Passivhaus communities being built by City of York Council will be called…
- Duncombe Square and
- Burnholme Green.
Duncombe Square is based at the Duncombe Barracks site, and the name “celebrates the generous green space at the heart of this new community, and remembers the site’s former use as a Ministry of Defence training ground”.
Work is already underway at Burnholme Green on the former Burnholme College site in Heworth.
The name “reflects the homes’ sustainability, their new private gardens, shared open space and green ginnels”.
Work to clear and level Burnholme Green began last year and the foundations for the 78 new homes will be laid this month.
Altogether 112 homes will be built on the two sites, of which 67 will be affordable.
They will be zero-carbon in operation, use very little energy to keep warm and comfortable, and are highly-sustainable with timber frames.
The first homes will go on sale later this year.
Councillor Denise Craghill, executive member for housing, said: “These names reflect the vision of our Housing Delivery Programme: pushing the boundaries of traditional house building while addressing climate change, reducing energy bills, optimising space and creating whole sites which support sustainable living, sociability and a sense of community.
“I’m delighted that work on these 112 new Passivhaus homes is well underway and that 60% will be affordable with a mix of shared ownership and social rent.”
The sites have won a number of awards including the Housing Design Awards 2022 and the RTPI Planning Excellence Awards 2022.