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WE HAVE thousands needing homes; we have builders saying they cannot afford to build because of the affordable homes content on new builds.
Then we have in the region of 200 homes in a central location close to schools and services, including a hospital, which are about to be demolished.
These homes belong to the NHS and can only be demolished with approval from the council.
We have dozens of councillors and busy-bodies of all colours, all of whom are busy with the important things in life, such as cycle lanes, parking, newts, bats, calling each other names in letters to The Press and preventing builders producing houses.
There will obviously be a cost for demolition which could be saved. The NHS cannot afford to do anything with this land for at least 15 years.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shepherds and builders Persimmons, who all have a long tradition in York and understand the housing position are deafening with their silence.
The only man who seems to have an opinion is Matthew Laverack, and good on him.
If these dwellings were called affordable homes and allowed as a percentage against new build sites in York could start working again (maybe even Mr Jones of Sand Hutton would be coaxed out of retirement).
Barry Rennison, Drapers Croft, Copmanthorpe, York.