City of York Council has won the 2022 Housing category at the Local Government Chronicle annual awards.
The LGC judges said of the council’s housing delivery programme: “Creating far more than simply a sustainable home. Using community engagement, place shaping and a proactive learning style, the development will positively impact on new residents and the wider community.
“They aimed higher and created beautiful places which inspire.”
The programme will deliver more than 600 new homes in York on council-owned land, as well as helping to reduce fuel poverty, support sustainable transport and tackle the climate emergency through the delivery of zero-carbon housing.
Cllr Denise Craghill, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “To win the Local Government Chronicle award for our progressive housing programme is a huge credit to the work being done by our housing delivery team.
“It is crucial for tackling climate change, future energy costs and energy security that new build homes are both energy efficient and support low carbon lifestyles in mutually supportive communities.
“The key role that our housing programme is playing in setting such standards has already been recognised by the United Nations and Friends of the Earth/Ashden and I really welcome this recognition as being the very best in local government in the UK.”