Thursday, September 21, 2023

Proposals for 137 sustainable apartments revealed for York

A consultation is being launched for a new sustainable development of single-family rental apartments, including nine fully accessible homes, at Monks Cross in York.

The proposal includes 137 new homes located at Kathryn Avenue in Monks Cross, next to the York Community Stadium. The site also includes 27 car parking spaces and 139 cycle storage spaces.

With a strong focus on ESG, the design, build and operations of the site will promote sustainable spaces to enjoy, including a programme of tree planting and green spaces, and improves biodiversity by introducing native species of planting, bird and bat boxes, bee bricks and wildflower areas.

Nine specialist accessibly designed apartments are included in the proposals to meet the needs of people living with disabilities.

The homes will be designed, built and operated by ‘Casa by Moda’ for the long term.

‘Casa by Moda’ is part of Moda Living, one of the country’s largest purpose-built rental operators. Moda is currently redeveloping a further 400+ homes elsewhere in the city at Heworth Green.

A wellbeing offering will be boosted by access to a range of public, private and semi-private amenity spaces in and around the neighbourhood, including roof terraces, a landscaped central garden, communal lounge and meeting areas to promote flexible working spaces and resident engagement.

All homes will also be fitted with smart technology sensors which monitor the energy consumption and sustainability performance of the buildings.

As a long-term operator in the Monks Cross area, Casa by Moda is to partner with local businesses and educational organisations to support the economy, education and employment priorities.

The regeneration in and around Monks Cross over the last few years has increased employment and demand for new homes nearby. The site, currently occupied by York Motorsports Village, will be closed, providing an opportunity to redevelop the area and address the housing shortage.

Rob Gill, director of acquisitions at Casa by Moda, said: “As a long-term operator of the homes we deliver, Casa by Moda is committed to working with the local community as we look to transform this brownfield site into much-needed modern homes for rent in York.

“Subject to planning permission, this neighbourhood will deliver a new generation of rental homes to Monks Cross, that put resident experience, health and wellbeing, sustainability and technology at their heart.”

Richard France, Managing Director of Oakgate Group, said: “These proposals offer a new concept to York of high-quality and accessible build-to-rent accommodation in a highly sustainable location.

“Kathryn Avenue adjoins first class amenities including retail, gym, cinema, restaurants and other leisure facilities together with an excellent Park & Ride service into the City Centre. This site is the perfect location for the Casa brand.”

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