City of York Council has submitted planning applications for its first generation of zero-carbon, affordable homes.
The plans have been designed by architect Mikhail Riches, following engagement with local people. They are for Burnholme and Duncombe Barracks: two of eight sites on the council’s Housing Delivery Programme which is its largest housing programme for a generation, and will create 600 homes over five years.
These plans aim to develop a sense of community through a variety of high quality public outdoor spaces provided within green and healthy neighbourhoods. They create opportunities for residents to spend time together safely within low-car developments where active travel is promoted and alongside access to generous private outdoor space.
The council says that by designing flexible and adaptable interiors, people can live and work long-term in these new communities regardless of their circumstances.
To make them affordable, 40% will be for social rent or shared ownership.
Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “I want to thank all the residents who have worked with us, our architects and partners, to co-design these plans. Submitting them hopefully, will bring these exceptional homes another step closer.
“The homes are carefully designed to help improve residents’ lives by meeting net zero carbon standards, supporting the city’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030 while also helping us tackle fuel poverty.”
David Mikhail, founder director of Mikhail Riches, said: “The Duncombe Barracks and Burnhome planning applications have been lodged, and we are thrilled with them. We have worked with many local authorities around the UK, and City of York Council’s approach has been exemplary.
“Their team have worked incredibly hard to understand the changing needs of local people, across various age groups and social situations. We believe their work will help ensure that these beautiful, cheap to run and comfortable homes are truly useful, that they reflect local need and become loved too, by the communities around them.”