New homes snapshot – York tries to meet demand with an array of developments

Posted 14 July 2016 by Keith Osborne

There's a choice of new homes available now, but York is finding it tough to match the need for new homes with the will to supply land for them...

The historic city of York has centuries of heritage to offer but shares the same needs as other major settlements in having to adapt to fit the demand for new homes from a growing population.

The matter of constructing new homes has caused political conflict for some time, with the latest step seeing a halving of the amount of land to be devoted to the issue in a draft of the Local Plan.  The new plan outlines 8,277 new homes to be created by 2032 and another 2,450 in the five years following.

York skylineThis coalition-led council plan would see around 50% of the 22,000 homes proposed by the Labour-led council of 2013.

Current council leader David Carr told The Yorkshire Post recently: “The figures in this plan are evidence based on forecasts made by experts who looked at population growth figures and household formation. This is a very workable plan that strikes the right balance between economic growth and protecting the heritage setting of the city.”

The appeal of the city lies in its strong employment opportunities and a plethora of cultural and heritage attractions, as well as a fine range of pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues. It is also a popular university city (attracting interest from buy-to-let investors) and is home to a number of well-regarded state and private schools.

At around two hours from London, it might even suit some commuters to the capital, with the city’s importance as a rail hub leading to frequent services. Road users have a web of trunk roads leading out of the city to destinations such as Hull, Scarborough, Leeds and Middlesbrough, in addition to the motorway network via the M62 and A1(M).

New homes currently for sale in York

Taking its name from its location – the former site of the Terry’s factory – The Chocolate Works is one of a number of David Wilson Homes sites in and around York at present. On this scheme, which is situated next to York Racecourse, currently are a choice of three- and four-bedroom homes from £469,995, with Help to Buy an option for buyers with a deposit of at least 5%. 

One of two neighbouring sites to the east of the city is David Wilson’s Lotherington Quarter Derwenthorpe, built in partnership with another confectionary-related source, the Jospeh Rowntree Housing Trust. Available now are a range of contemporary three- and four-bedroom homes with a host of eco-friendly features and from £334,995 

Seebohm Quarter Derwenthorpe​Next door at Seebohm Quarter Derwenthorpe are a range of deluxe four- and five-bedroom homes priced from £425,995. These energy efficient proeprties have a direct bus route into the city centre and a new, safe cycle route, encouraging families to leave the car at home when they go out to enjoy York and its surroundings. Part Exchange is available here. 

Located in the northern suburb of Clifton, The Granary offers homes from Redrow’s Heritage Collection, just a few minutes away from the ring road and within easy reach of York city centre. Currently priced from £319,950, this scheme also has Help to Buy available. 

York’s compact layout puts everything within easy reach, a boon for older buyers, and they can take advantage of specially designed new homes from retirement sector leader McCarthy & Stone at Oliver House in Bishophill. Prices for the one- and two-bedroom apartments for over-60s have yet to be announced, but a prestigious city centre address and a roof terrace with city skyline views is bound to be of great appeal to many. 

Estate agent Hudson Moody has a number of current and ‘coming soon’ developments on offer. More than half the plots have been reserved at Hunter House, just 120m from York Minster. Fourteen apartments are located above retail space, with great views around the city. Prices on application.

The Piccadilly Lofts are an historic building conversions available from the same agent. Only the penthouse at £475,000 remains for sale. This waterside home within the city walls combines a characterful building with a high-specification in the heart of the city.

Also at the heart of the city is the landmark Hungate development, where Lendlease is build one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments next to the River Foss, many with a balcony or terrace. Prices here start at £170,000 and Help to Buy is available.

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