City of York Council has won two awards for its housing delivery programme.
- The national Planning Awards 2022 named the programme Best Housing Scheme (fewer than 500 homes)
- The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire awarded the programme Excellence in Plan-Making. It will now be forwarded to the national RTPI awards later this year.
The judges for the RTPI Yorkshire award said: “City of York Council’s housing delivery programme sets the bar incredibly high: a programme, underpinned by its design manual, has not only sustainable and environmental credentials but puts local residents and businesses front and centre.
“People with special needs, less affluent people, families and elderly people all can incredibly benefit from living at Burnholme, Duncombe and Ordnance Lane.”
The awards come as planning permission was been granted to build 85 zero-carbon homes at the Hospital Fields Road/ Ordnance Lane site.
At present, 40% of the homes are earmarked for a mixture of social rent and shared ownership with grant funding now being sought to increase this.
Each will have private outdoor space and there will be two new public greens where community growing can sit alongside car-free routes that connect to the wider neighbourhood.
Cllr Denise Craghill, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “What a week!
“We know building well-designed affordable, energy efficient homes is the right thing to do. These awards are a wonderful recognition of our ambitions to improve the quality and quantity of homes for York residents, and reflect the skill, flair and care taken by the design team.”
In the Planning Awards 2022, the council’s housing programme was also highly commended in the Design Excellence category.