Building work under way at the site of former Beckfield Lane tip

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing with City of York Council housing development manager Michael Jones, left, and project manager Stewart Sadler at the site of the former tip in Beckfield Lane

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing with City of York Council housing development manager Michael Jones, left, and project manager Stewart Sadler at the site of the former tip in Beckfield Lane

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WORK has started building new homes on the site of the former Beckfield Lane tip in Acomb, York.

Planning permission to redevelop the site was granted in September, and will see 27 new homes built.

A third of the houses will be up for sale on the open market while nine two bedroom flats and the remaining houses will become council homes.

The apartments will be allocated to council and housing association tenants down-sizing from larger homes in the city.

The development is part of a £7million project to deliver up to 70 homes across several sites, and Beckfield Lane was the first to receive planning permission while applications are currently being prepared for the other sites including Fenwick Street, Newbury Avenue, Chaloner’s Road and Hewley Avenue.

The council has been awarded £403,054 of funding from the Affordable Homes Grant by the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) reducing the amount of direct funding needed.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for housing, said: “This very welcome grant, together with sales income from the nine homes to be sold on the open market, will allow the council to maximise its resources and potentially increase the number of new council homes it is able to build in future phases.

“I’m delighted we can progress on this site, providing much-needed homes and adding to the local community with this mixed tenure development.”

As previously reported in The Press moves to close the tip were announced in February 2012 and at the time opponents of the plans said shutting the tip would leave residents in West York struggling to dispose of their rubbish and lead to an increase in fly-tipping and falling recycling rates, while 2,870 signed a petition organised by the city’s Liberal Democrat group against the closure.

The council is also continuing discussions with the HCA to bid for further government funding for the remaining sites once planning permission has been granted.

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9:52am Wed 5 Mar 14

THEWlZZARD says...

The closure of this tip was an utter disgrace. Our so called 'green minded' council have now created thousands of car journeys from west to east York carrying waste therefore creating pollution and more traffic on the city's road system which has now come to a final standstill. Given that the council doesn't collect green bins for half of the year it makes me wonder what on earth they do with our council tax. I hope the people of York see sense at election time and get rid of what is the worst council the City of York has ever seen.
The closure of this tip was an utter disgrace. Our so called 'green minded' council have now created thousands of car journeys from west to east York carrying waste therefore creating pollution and more traffic on the city's road system which has now come to a final standstill. Given that the council doesn't collect green bins for half of the year it makes me wonder what on earth they do with our council tax. I hope the people of York see sense at election time and get rid of what is the worst council the City of York has ever seen. THEWlZZARD
  • Score: -43

10:01am Wed 5 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Form an orderly queue to buy a flat next to council homes that will surly be of such a high standard as they are being built by the council... I look forward to people moving in and then wanting to swap via facebook for a 5 bed house with garden, picturesque views and located the city centre.. After all beggars can’t be chooser’s ey.
Form an orderly queue to buy a flat next to council homes that will surly be of such a high standard as they are being built by the council... I look forward to people moving in and then wanting to swap via facebook for a 5 bed house with garden, picturesque views and located the city centre.. After all beggars can’t be chooser’s ey. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -34

10:13am Wed 5 Mar 14

THEWlZZARD says...

If they're being built by the Council I'd expect a shortage of sellotape, blu-tac, cardboard and staples in the York vicinity. What a surprise, they got planning permission. The council would give planning permission to anything, if you applied to build a house on the River Ouse they'd probably approve it.
If they're being built by the Council I'd expect a shortage of sellotape, blu-tac, cardboard and staples in the York vicinity. What a surprise, they got planning permission. The council would give planning permission to anything, if you applied to build a house on the River Ouse they'd probably approve it. THEWlZZARD
  • Score: -33

10:49am Wed 5 Mar 14

Yeller Belly says...

If Acomb needs anything it's more council homes.
If Acomb needs anything it's more council homes. Yeller Belly
  • Score: -6

11:15am Wed 5 Mar 14

york_chap says...

Hope there's a generous discount for buying in a development of 2/3 housing association / council properties. Problem is that even if most of the tenants are decent folks, 1 problem family ruins the whole development and there's naff all people can do to get them evicted. Housing associations are bad news - ex-cons, drug addicts, antisocial tenants and people booted out of council homes for bad behaviour are top of their priority list for re-housing.

Anyone thinking of buying one of these private homes really should consider saving for a few more months and buying a home in a private street.
Hope there's a generous discount for buying in a development of 2/3 housing association / council properties. Problem is that even if most of the tenants are decent folks, 1 problem family ruins the whole development and there's naff all people can do to get them evicted. Housing associations are bad news - ex-cons, drug addicts, antisocial tenants and people booted out of council homes for bad behaviour are top of their priority list for re-housing. Anyone thinking of buying one of these private homes really should consider saving for a few more months and buying a home in a private street. york_chap
  • Score: -32

11:38am Wed 5 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

THEWlZZARD wrote:
If they're being built by the Council I'd expect a shortage of sellotape, blu-tac, cardboard and staples in the York vicinity. What a surprise, they got planning permission. The council would give planning permission to anything, if you applied to build a house on the River Ouse they'd probably approve it.
Don't knock it......the dutch are building floating homes in areas most likely to become flooded.
[quote][p][bold]THEWlZZARD[/bold] wrote: If they're being built by the Council I'd expect a shortage of sellotape, blu-tac, cardboard and staples in the York vicinity. What a surprise, they got planning permission. The council would give planning permission to anything, if you applied to build a house on the River Ouse they'd probably approve it.[/p][/quote]Don't knock it......the dutch are building floating homes in areas most likely to become flooded. pedalling paul
  • Score: 40

12:09pm Wed 5 Mar 14

sheps lad says...

pedalling paul wrote:
THEWlZZARD wrote:
If they're being built by the Council I'd expect a shortage of sellotape, blu-tac, cardboard and staples in the York vicinity. What a surprise, they got planning permission. The council would give planning permission to anything, if you applied to build a house on the River Ouse they'd probably approve it.
Don't knock it......the dutch are building floating homes in areas most likely to become flooded.
House boats anyone?
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]THEWlZZARD[/bold] wrote: If they're being built by the Council I'd expect a shortage of sellotape, blu-tac, cardboard and staples in the York vicinity. What a surprise, they got planning permission. The council would give planning permission to anything, if you applied to build a house on the River Ouse they'd probably approve it.[/p][/quote]Don't knock it......the dutch are building floating homes in areas most likely to become flooded.[/p][/quote]House boats anyone? sheps lad
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Wed 5 Mar 14

directdebbie says...

YORK CHAP

just to let you know that i live in a Housing Association house and have done for the last 20 years. I have never been a drug addict, or evicted from another council house. You should not judge people by who there landlord is, the estate i live on is lovely, quite and not full of the people that you mentioned. You need to keep your petty comments to your selve
YORK CHAP just to let you know that i live in a Housing Association house and have done for the last 20 years. I have never been a drug addict, or evicted from another council house. You should not judge people by who there landlord is, the estate i live on is lovely, quite and not full of the people that you mentioned. You need to keep your petty comments to your selve directdebbie
  • Score: -1

1:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

A crime with this development is that the Council are building homes for private sale. Not content with forcing private housebuilders to build social housing which has to be handed over at a loss, with no recompense for the land, they now rub salt into the wounds by building private housing. At a time when CYC say the need for social housing is severe, they do what can only be seen as a cynical political stunt to rub private housebuilders noses in it.

York Council and their communist leaders are an absolute disgrace. Kick them out in 2015.
A crime with this development is that the Council are building homes for private sale. Not content with forcing private housebuilders to build social housing which has to be handed over at a loss, with no recompense for the land, they now rub salt into the wounds by building private housing. At a time when CYC say the need for social housing is severe, they do what can only be seen as a cynical political stunt to rub private housebuilders noses in it. York Council and their communist leaders are an absolute disgrace. Kick them out in 2015. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -35

1:55pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Yeller Belly says...

Yeller Belly wrote:
If Acomb needs anything it's more council homes.
And it appears this site has an irony bypass too.
[quote][p][bold]Yeller Belly[/bold] wrote: If Acomb needs anything it's more council homes.[/p][/quote]And it appears this site has an irony bypass too. Yeller Belly
  • Score: 4

3:40pm Wed 5 Mar 14

meme says...

The council has been awarded £403,054 of funding from the Affordable Homes Grant by the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) reducing the amount of direct funding needed.
Just shows when its subsidised they can be provided but TSL and crew private developers don't have the luxury of this state subsidy so how do they provide them?
The council has been awarded £403,054 of funding from the Affordable Homes Grant by the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) reducing the amount of direct funding needed. Just shows when its subsidised they can be provided but TSL and crew private developers don't have the luxury of this state subsidy so how do they provide them? meme
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

york_chap says...

directdebbie wrote:
YORK CHAP just to let you know that i live in a Housing Association house and have done for the last 20 years. I have never been a drug addict, or evicted from another council house. You should not judge people by who there landlord is, the estate i live on is lovely, quite and not full of the people that you mentioned. You need to keep your petty comments to your selve
I was merely stating an opinion (much as you were when describing how you feel about your neigbourhood). For the record, my opinion is based on both personal experience and on the first-hand accounts of others who have either lived adjacent to housing association properties or who've actually had work-based dealings with certain housing associations in the York area.

At least MY petty comments were spelt correctly.
[quote][p][bold]directdebbie[/bold] wrote: YORK CHAP just to let you know that i live in a Housing Association house and have done for the last 20 years. I have never been a drug addict, or evicted from another council house. You should not judge people by who there landlord is, the estate i live on is lovely, quite and not full of the people that you mentioned. You need to keep your petty comments to your selve[/p][/quote]I was merely stating an opinion (much as you were when describing how you feel about your neigbourhood). For the record, my opinion is based on both personal experience and on the first-hand accounts of others who have either lived adjacent to housing association properties or who've actually had work-based dealings with certain housing associations in the York area. At least MY petty comments were spelt correctly. york_chap
  • Score: -3

9:37pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Tom6187 says...

How did you get that perm in a hard hat?
How did you get that perm in a hard hat? Tom6187
  • Score: 4

9:07pm Sat 8 Mar 14

geoff tibletts says...

Used the tip all the time now have to drive right through town I hope people don't forget what this council has done to york they are a disgrace.
Used the tip all the time now have to drive right through town I hope people don't forget what this council has done to york they are a disgrace. geoff tibletts
  • Score: 1

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