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Stalled homes scheme in Elvington to go ahead
7:29am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A £2 MILLION scheme to build 18 affordable homes in a village near York is going ahead after a housing association stepped in to provide funding.
A spokesman for York Housing Association said the project on the former Allenby Nursery site in Elvington had stalled after a previous development partner withdrew.
He said City of York Council had then got involved by working closely with landowner A1 Haulage to find a new registered partner and ensure the scheme could go ahead.
“Now the association is providing the majority of the funding in conjunction with the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency,” he said.
He said the site had planning permission for a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes.
Twelve of these would be offered for affordable rents and six for shared ownership to enable local people to get onto the housing ladder.
Paul Atkins, the association’s development and property director, said people who were local to Elvington and in housing need would get priority for the new homes.
He said: “This will be a superb development of energy-efficient homes set in a rural landscape incorporating a large area of green open space.
“There will be a mixture of houses and bungalows providing a choice of affordable homes for families in this popular village.”
Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, said the authority was delighted to have helped to broker the partnership between the association and landowner to provide the much-needed homes.
She said: “With our waiting list growing steadily, they’ll be a welcome addition to our stock of rural, affordable homes.”
• A drop-in session will be held between 4pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday at the village primary school to provide further information to prospective tenants and buyers.
People with local connections and wanting more information can phone the association on 01904 636061.
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