SELBY District Council is set to embark on a house building programme to create 106 new affordable houses in the district.

The council’s executive will discuss proposals on Thursday related to its Housing Development Strategy for the newly formed Selby and District Housing Trust to build on various council owned sites.

Under the plans the next five years will see phased developments of new housing schemes – starting with a three-unit site on St Joseph’s Street in Tadcaster and moving on to sites in Riccall, Eggborough and Bryam.

The plans could be funded by either grants from the Homes and Communities Agency, or “cross-subsidised” by private developments on the same sites.

Council officers have recommended that the new houses are build first in the more expensive north and western parts of the district like Tadcaster and Sherburn, before moving on to the more affordable areas like Selby town.