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Plans submitted for Hungate phase 2
THE revival of a huge city-centre development in York which stalled due to the recession has moved closer after full plans for the next phase of work were unveiled.
Developers have submitted detailed proposals for the second stage of the £130 million Hungate project, including 195 homes and space for shops, restaurants and bars, to City of York Council, four years after work ground to a halt as the economic downturn struck.
The application has been submitted 14 months after Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd warned it may never be able to complete the development unless a new agreement was reached with the council over affordable housing and payments towards community facilities.
The company said it was “excited” about the new plans, with a decision on whether they can go ahead expected to be made in December.
The 720-home scheme may not be finished until 2024, with its initial phase of 162 flats and houses being completed in 2009. Richard Cook, head of residential at Lend Lease – one of the partners in Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd, together with Evans Property Group and Land Securities – said: “We are delighted to have the planning application submitted for these first-class homes.
“We have been working closely with the council throughout the planning process and have incorporated feedback from a public consultation in order to deliver homes which York residents can be proud of. Their central location, with access to restaurants, retail and transport, makes them an ideal investment and we are excited to be able to build them.”
The new homes would be 99 one-bedroom, 80 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom apartments around a central courtyard.
A statement sent to the council said phase two of the development would follow the original “masterplan” for the Hungate site and knit together with existing homes and offices in the area, although it would have less commercial space than initially intended because of the economic climate and increased online shopping. It will also have 78 spaces for cars and 146 cycle spaces.
The developers have said sections of the site earmarked for future phases of the scheme could be given a temporary use before being built on, such as a community garden or a base for arts events and festivals.
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