Proposals have been launched for a new ‘Garden Village’ housing community in York that could provide around 1753 new homes.
The Galtres Garden Village Development Company has submitted detailed proposals for the unique scheme to be included in the new Local Plan which the Council will announce on 23rd January with a public inquiry due to start in May 2018.
York is currently under pressure from the Government to address a significant shortfall in the current Local Plan which proposes 867 new homes every year until 2032.
Fresh figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) say the city actually needs 1,070, leaving a shortfall of more than 200 a year.
Crucially, development of the site can start immediately following planning permission being granted.
The proposed site for the scheme is a piece of land to the north of the Northern Ring Road and Monks Cross.
As well as more than 500 affordable homes for local people the scheme includes around 290 retirement homes and a 64-bed care home.
Modern amenities such as a community hub, village green and recreation facilities, a school, surgery, shops and country park will support the new development.
Martin Hawthorne of Galtres Garden Village Development Company said: “The City of York has is under immense pressure by the Government to address a significant housing shortfall, particularly for an ageing population and the lower paid.
“We believe that our proposal will contribute to addressing this shortfall and will help to ensure that the new proposed Local Plan meets the approval of the Independent Inspector.
“What’s different about our scheme is that we are inviting the Council to participate in the design, specification and delivery of the village so that the housing provision serves those that need it at affordable prices or arrangements.
“If included in the Local Plan, we are able to start the process immediately with land that is available now.”
The ‘Garden Village’ concept is embraced throughout with a landscape-led design which draws upon the classic Rowntree’s philosophy of creating a Garden village with a community atmosphere, linked to healthy living, training and education.
Martin continued: “Building in this proposed location takes the homes away from the ring road and uses land fronting North Lane near the A64.
“The new homes will be out of sight from existing villages of Huntington and Earswick and motorists using the ring road. This is not a case of urban sprawl; the new community will sit neatly in its own environment.
“At the heart of the designs is the Green agenda. The Garden village approach emphasises the ‘human’ nature of village life. Certainly, the green routes, pathways and wildlife will be central to the designs but so will the creation of the village facilities and transport links.
“These all work towards a self-contained community able to access services without making unnecessary journeys.
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