A NEW £2 million affordable housing scheme has recently been completed near York.

The 18-house Jubilee Court development has been built on the former site of the Allenby Nursery in Elvington by York Housing Association and the Homes and Communities Agency, and includes 12 homes for affordable rent, and six shared ownership houses.

Julia Histon, chief executive of York Housing Association, said: “Property prices in the commuter villages around York continue to rise, and often this can make it difficult for young families to stay in the places where they have grown up, and that is why developments of this type are so important for local communities.

“We were very pleased to have the support of City of York Council for this scheme, which creates a new high-quality community within this popular village.”

The development was constructed by local firm Hu Ha Developments, and benefited from a generous £330,000 funding boost from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s cabinet member for homes and safer communities, said: “I’m delighted to see this scheme built which is a credit to all involved in what was a complex deal involving City of York Council, York Housing Association, the land owner and the Homes and Community Agency.

“The end result is affordable homes for local people on the city’s first rural exception site.”

Priority for all the new homes has been given to people local to Elvington, with the development including a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses as well as a number of two bedroom bungalows.

To find out more about the homes, go to: my4walls.co.uk