AMBITIOUS plans to deliver sustainable homes across York have won global recognition.

City of York Council has become the first English member of the United Nations’ International Centre for Excellence programme in recognition of its housing delivery programme.

The programme will deliver zero carbon homes within sustainable new neighbourhoods, promoting green transport and boosting biodiversity.

The UN’s programme promotes best practice on tackling the climate emergency while reducing fuel poverty.

Cllr Keith Aspden, council leader, said: “Joining the UN’s Centre of Excellence on High Performing Buildings allows our programme team to connect and learn from others around the world who are pursuing innovative plans to reduce carbon emissions within their communities.

“The membership of this network will facilitate sharing research, influencing policy and supply chains, as well as raising awareness of the opportunities to deliver new homes and neighbourhoods which meet the needs of current and future generations."