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New initiative aims to get York building again
8:15am Friday 1st February 2013 in News
COUNCIL chiefs have launched a new initiative to Get York Building.
It will include a £1 million fund and changes to affordable housing requirements to get stalled developments off the ground and increase the number of new homes built in York.
Proposals will be discussed at the City of York Counciil’s local plan working group on February 7 and by its cabinet on February 12.
They include updating affordable housing targets, accepting off-site financial contributions instead of on-site affordable housing on sites of less than 15 homes in rural areas, agreeing a first phase of building 50 to 70 new council homes, investing £1 million in addressing overcrowding in existing council homes, plus looking at a mortgage advice scheme and attracting investment to provide new homes for market rent.
Authority leader Coun James Alexander said: “City of York Council plays a key role in unlocking developments that can be brought forward, which is why we’re launching a new initiative called Get York Building, which will provide much-needed more sustainable homes, help the local economy, unblock the house-building market and provide a much-needed boost to employment, reducing benefits dependency while creating a knock-on impact in the wider prosperity of the city.”