£2 million affordable housing scheme completed in Elvington

Developers and residents of a new affordable housing scheme in Elvington are celebrating the completion of the £2 million affordable housing development, Jubilee Court, by York Housing Association.

The scheme comprises 18 properties, including 12 which are offered for affordable rents, and six shared ownership houses, funded by York Housing Association (YHA) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).  The site previously housed the Allenby Nursery, with the land owned by A1 Haulage.  The construction was undertaken by Elvington-based Hu Ha Developments.

“Property prices in the commuter villages around York continue to rise, and often this can make it difficult for young families to stay in the places where they have grown up, and that is why developments of this type are so important for local communities,” comments chief executive of York Housing Association, Julia Histon.  “We were very pleased to have the support of City of York Council for this scheme, which creates a new high-quality community within this popular village.”

Providing sustainable housing within rural communities is a key focus for local housing providers and national government alike, with dedicated rural housing enablers operating within the local authority area.  Jubilee Court received £330,000 from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA).  Abdul A Ravat, Area Manager at the HCA said:

“This investment has helped increase the number of affordable homes in this rural location for the community with the types of homes to remain affordable for the people of Elvington.

“York Housing Association has provided a range of properties and tenures to meet local demand – from Affordable Rent to Affordable Home Ownership to houses and bungalows.  Jubilee Court was also delivered to high design standards which will help reduce energy bills for residents and in the long-term reduce carbon emissions.”

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Safer Communities said: “I’m delighted to see this scheme built which is a credit to all involved in what was a complex deal involving City of York Council, York Housing Association, the land owner and the Homes and Community Agency. The end result is affordable homes for local people on the city’s first rural exception site.”

Priority for both rental and shared ownership homes has been given to people local to Elvington, with the development including a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom bungalows.  Only two of the developments shared ownership properties remain available – a three bedroom and a four bedroom family house priced at £87,000 and £110,000 respectively, based upon a 50% shared ownership with York Housing Association.

For more information, please visit www.my4walls.co.uk

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Notes to editors:

York Housing Association is an independent social business, established in 1964, managing over 850 properties around York, Leeds, Scarborough and the East Riding.  Alongside its role as a social landlord, YHA additionally provides support services for tenants, from benefits advice to lifestyle advice, including ensuring that tenants have access to appropriate medical services, education and training.  For more details, please visit www.yorkha.org.uk

Photographs to accompany this release by following the links below or by visiting YHA's online press room at http://news.cision.com/york-housing-association 

For further media information or photographs, please contact:

Jay Commins

Pyper York Limited

Tel:         01904 500698

Email:    jay@pyperyork.co.uk

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