Plans for new council houses in Fenwick Street to be unveiled

Plans for new council houses to be unveiled

Plans for new council houses to be unveiled

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PLANS for new council houses in York are being unveiled today.

A project in Fenwick Street, near Bishopthorpe Road, will see eight apartments aimed at older tenants who want to downsize from larger homes being created.

The site was outlined in City of York Council’s five-year housing plan, approved last April.

Up to 70 new homes are intended to be built by summer 2015, using £6 million from the council’s housing revenue account and £1 million from developer contributions.

A consultation on the Fenwick Street proposals will be held between 4.30pm and 7pm today at Scarcroft Primary School, with housing strategy officials and the scheme’s architect available to answer questions.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing said: “Offering attractive alternatives for people who no longer need a larger home means we can free more properties suitable for growing families and offer a decent, affordable home to those in desperate housing need.”

A planning application will be submitted next month, allowing residents to formally comment, and more information is available by emailing michael.jones@york.gov.uk or by phoning 01904 551339.

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9:27am Wed 12 Feb 14

seatothewest says...

We need to see much more of this construction for poorer residents. It will take a long time to restore the balance with the absurd amount of luxury flats approved by the Council in York city centre.
We need to see much more of this construction for poorer residents. It will take a long time to restore the balance with the absurd amount of luxury flats approved by the Council in York city centre. seatothewest
  • Score: 12

9:28am Wed 12 Feb 14

sambo1943 says...

great as long as the council don't sell them off for half the price their worth as what seem to happen these days
great as long as the council don't sell them off for half the price their worth as what seem to happen these days sambo1943
  • Score: 11

9:54am Wed 12 Feb 14

andyjon12 says...

"We don't want council houses being built round here - go build em somewhere bloody else" I've heard a couple of morons the other day, say exactly this. You wait and see - I've no doubt there will be some angry, and ignorant residents chomping at the bit to scupper this much needed development.
"We don't want council houses being built round here - go build em somewhere bloody else" I've heard a couple of morons the other day, say exactly this. You wait and see - I've no doubt there will be some angry, and ignorant residents chomping at the bit to scupper this much needed development. andyjon12
  • Score: 5

9:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Oyy you says...

Bishy rd area, like care in the community.....
Bishy rd area, like care in the community..... Oyy you
  • Score: -1

10:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

Zetkin says...

Better than nothing, but about 1% of what's needed.

The so-called "Right to Buy" also means it might not be too long before these much-needed homes find their way into the private rental sector, providing a comfortable pension for yet another greedy landlord at our expense.

The housing crisis is certain to get deeper and deeper until the right to buy charade is ended, and hundreds of thousands of new council houses and flats built all over the country.

Not holding my breath for either of the main parties to embrace this common sense approach.
Better than nothing, but about 1% of what's needed. The so-called "Right to Buy" also means it might not be too long before these much-needed homes find their way into the private rental sector, providing a comfortable pension for yet another greedy landlord at our expense. The housing crisis is certain to get deeper and deeper until the right to buy charade is ended, and hundreds of thousands of new council houses and flats built all over the country. Not holding my breath for either of the main parties to embrace this common sense approach. Zetkin
  • Score: 15

11:25am Wed 12 Feb 14

Saywhat says...

I heard on the news today that councils are thinking of moving council tenants out of their houses when their children leave home and downsizing them to one bedroom properties. What happens if the 'child' needs to return home, say for instance after a relationship break up or such-like. I can understand if the property has 3/4/5 bedrooms, but surely not for those in two bedroom properties. Any council house built from now on should not be up for 'the right to buy' scheme, and remain as council properties. There are many houses in the Heslington Road, Tang Hall, Heworth area that are constantly up for rent as students are not filling them. Maybe the council should buy them back at a reduced cost and put needy people in them.
I heard on the news today that councils are thinking of moving council tenants out of their houses when their children leave home and downsizing them to one bedroom properties. What happens if the 'child' needs to return home, say for instance after a relationship break up or such-like. I can understand if the property has 3/4/5 bedrooms, but surely not for those in two bedroom properties. Any council house built from now on should not be up for 'the right to buy' scheme, and remain as council properties. There are many houses in the Heslington Road, Tang Hall, Heworth area that are constantly up for rent as students are not filling them. Maybe the council should buy them back at a reduced cost and put needy people in them. Saywhat
  • Score: 10

5:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

meme says...

Good idea and well done CoYC for at last putting their money where their mouths are
This is the way to deliver affordables: its the common sense way for delivery
Good idea and well done CoYC for at last putting their money where their mouths are This is the way to deliver affordables: its the common sense way for delivery meme
  • Score: 7

2:29am Thu 13 Feb 14

Maquis says...

Saywhat wrote:
I heard on the news today that councils are thinking of moving council tenants out of their houses when their children leave home and downsizing them to one bedroom properties. What happens if the 'child' needs to return home, say for instance after a relationship break up or such-like. I can understand if the property has 3/4/5 bedrooms, but surely not for those in two bedroom properties. Any council house built from now on should not be up for 'the right to buy' scheme, and remain as council properties. There are many houses in the Heslington Road, Tang Hall, Heworth area that are constantly up for rent as students are not filling them. Maybe the council should buy them back at a reduced cost and put needy people in them.
Maybe just give them a bigger house just in case the children return with children of their own?
Or perhaps, and here is a strange concept for you......
Let them take responsibility for their own lives and not expect the tax payer to pick up the pieces if things don't go exactly as they would like.
[quote][p][bold]Saywhat[/bold] wrote: I heard on the news today that councils are thinking of moving council tenants out of their houses when their children leave home and downsizing them to one bedroom properties. What happens if the 'child' needs to return home, say for instance after a relationship break up or such-like. I can understand if the property has 3/4/5 bedrooms, but surely not for those in two bedroom properties. Any council house built from now on should not be up for 'the right to buy' scheme, and remain as council properties. There are many houses in the Heslington Road, Tang Hall, Heworth area that are constantly up for rent as students are not filling them. Maybe the council should buy them back at a reduced cost and put needy people in them.[/p][/quote]Maybe just give them a bigger house just in case the children return with children of their own? Or perhaps, and here is a strange concept for you...... Let them take responsibility for their own lives and not expect the tax payer to pick up the pieces if things don't go exactly as they would like. Maquis
  • Score: 9

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