A PETITION calling for more affordable housing will be discussed at a City of York Council meeting after racking up more than 1,000 signatures.

The petition calls on councillors to "restrict the amount of luxury flats and student accommodation" in the city. It says residents are "frustrated and angry" at high rents, high house prices and a lack of social housing.

One person who signed the petition said: " I work five days a week, have two jobs and spent nearly four months couch surfing. One of my colleagues was living in his car."

Council officers have asked Cllr Peter Dew, executive member for transport and planning, to note the petition at a decision session meeting on Thursday.

A council report says: "The Strategic Housing Market Assessment considers that for both market and affordable housing there is a need for a mix of house sizes across the city and suggests that the focus of new housing provision should be on two and three bed properties reflecting the continued demand for family housing and the demand from older persons wishing to downsize but still retain flexible accommodation." The meeting takes place at the Thornton Room, West Offices from 2pm.