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It’s not that simple
WITH reference to Geoff Robb’s letter of August 29, I would firstly point out that student accommodation is not self-contained. There are shared kitchen and living areas, so it would not be possible to house 650 people from the council’s “housing waiting list” on a similar-sized plot.
Secondly, like all councillors, I look forward to the development of York Central. However, this will not be quick – I first went to a public meeting in 1996 – as the land is owned by a number of organisations. It will cost multi-millions to decontaminate and there is the major issue of access to the site which will run to tens of millions.
The council is now free to build council homes, from our housing revenue account surpluses, and the first site will be on Beckfield Lane.
However, there will still be a need for affordable housing contributions, as any surpluses will be small and so we have mixed communities, and because the Government will not let councils borrow to build new homes. Councils of all political colours are lobbying for this.
While solutions often look simple, in reality they are not.
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