106 homes are proposed to be built on New Lane in Huntington, York. How is the project focusing on key workers?
The project will be built by Jomast Developments and managed by one of the largest housing associations in the North of England – Together Homes.
It will consist of a range of 2,3, and 4-bedroom homes alongside open space provision, and a landscaping scheme to provide a green, biodiverse setting for the development.
With house prices in York rising over recent years and the city falling short of its need as identified by the Council for 592 affordable homes annually.
This scheme for a mix of shared ownership and social or affordable rented properties would help to meet this local need.
There will be a period of exclusivity for key workers
Recognising local housing challenges, the social housing provider is offering a period of exclusivity to local key workers such as NHS staff, social and care workers, school workers, civil servants, and emergency service works, should the plans be approved.
Chris Watson from Together Homes explained that supporting the region’s key workers is a massive priority for the council.
He said: “This is an important milestone in our plans to help meet the critical need for a range of genuinely affordable homes for local residents who have been increasingly locked out of York in recent years. This is why an offer is included within the plans for a period of exclusivity for local key workers.”
There is an identified need for shared ownership and affordable rented homes, which this scheme can help meet.
It is perfectly located near sustainable transport options
The site is a plot of land located between Huntington village centre and the Monks Cross retail development, nearby to the New Lane cemetery.
There is a strong road, cycling, and walking network into Huntington as well as sustainable travel options nearby via the Monks Cross Park & Ride.
A spokesperson from Jomast revealed that the submitted plans for new affordable homes have been carefully designed: “We are very proud of the submitted scheme, which includes several areas of green open space for residents to access.
“The location nearby to the plethora of shopping, leisure and health facilities at Monks Cross is ideal for this site.”
A planning applicated has been submitted to the City of York Council, and a decision is expected later this year.