YORK has started on building homes and a modern new social club in a York suburb.

The development, known as Heworth Edge, will take place on the site of the old Burnholme Social Club, which is to be demolished.

York construction firm Lindum has been appointed to build the 28 two and three bedroom homes and nine apartments, which will be completed early next year.

Lindum spokesman Andrew Garrens said it was receiving lots of positive feedback about the new social club, which will be the same size as the old club, with a huge communal area.

"The club has been a key feature in the local community for more than 130 years but the building had fallen into a state of disrepair, so the most viable option was to build a brand new club," he said.

"The purpose-built property is designed to be energy efficient and low maintenance and there’s no doubt it will be a fantastic asset to the area.”

Prices at Heworth Edge will start at £150,000 and the first homes will be released for sale later this year.

Ben Hudson, managing partner at Hudson Moody, which is marketing the homes, said that within weeks of posting details on the firm's website, it had received more than 250 inquiries.

He said that in recent years, there had been a lack of residential development in and around York. "Now that the housing market has turned a corner, demand for high quality new homes in good locations is outstripping supply," he said.

“Heworth Edge is in a popular area with good transport links and will offer a fantastic range of contemporary homes, so it ticks all the boxes for lots of homebuyers and we’re anticipating plenty of demand when these properties are released for sale.”

Mr Garrens said there was a major shortage of new homes being built in the area. "When this is combined with the exceptional standard of homes that we’re building, we’re confident that Heworth Edge will be extremely popular with potential buyers who want a high quality home in a great location.”