Council Executive approve delivery of new affordable and sustainable homes

City of York’s Council Executive has today approved the delivery of 120 new homes, along with the disposal of 8 self-build sites, making a direct investment in our city’s future by providing affordable, sustainable and accessible housing.

The decision will see 120 homes, 40% of which will be affordable, delivered at Burnholme and Duncombe Barracks, with sales approximately £3m used to fund the further provision of affordable housing and public open space in the city.


In September 2019 the Council’s Executive agreed the adoption of a design manual, ‘Building Better Places’, which set the framework for the largest zero carbon house building programme in the country, supporting our ambitions for York to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The Council’s housing delivery programme represents a long-term investment in high quality new affordable homes, which will meet the needs of current and future generations. The pioneering programme supports low carbon lifestyles and promotes health and wellbeing through the creation of new high-quality green spaces, connected neighbourhoods, and internal space standards that mean they can adapt to residents’ needs, supporting them to live well and with independence for as long as possible.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, commented:

“Whilst the Council’s Housing Delivery Programme is just one element of our work to deliver more housing and tackle the climate emergency, our target of reaching zero carbon by 2030 requires a bold approach.

“The programme focuses on taking a holistic approach to the low carbon future of our city. Every element of the scheme, from the front door out into the transport network, is aiding in our efforts to tackle the climate emergency head on.

“The Housing Delivery Programme is set up to not only deliver sustainable, affordable and accessible homes but also offer long term savings.

“The decision taken by the Executive will deliver future-proofed, zero-carbon homes, providing affordable and high-quality housing whilst tackling the climate emergency.”

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