Hundreds more homes for last brownfield site within York walls

Artist's impression of the completed Hungate residential scheme in York, showing St Johns Square.
Artist's impression of the completed Hungate residential scheme in York, showing St Johns Square.
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CONSTRUCTION on the final stage of one of Yorkshire’s largest residential regeneration projects will begin early in the new year after plans were passed by York Council.

Another 662 homes, two public squares and a community centre will be built as part of a much larger scheme already underway in Hungate, York courtesy of integrated property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, and joint venture partner, Evans Property Group.

The last part of their 4.7-acre masterplan will also see approximately 20,000 sq ft of retail space added to the site which the developers say will “extend the city’s popular shopping scene into the area”.

The development, located in York city centre on the last remaining brownfield site within the city walls, is already underway, with 168 new homes completed, and a further 195 apartments under construction.

The extra homes in the signed-off final phase of the scheme will include a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments, featuring “locally inspired architecture” designed by John Thompson & Partners.

Overall, the development will deliver 1,025 new homes and 1.5 acres of landscaped public realm, with access pathways and cycle routes connecting the new residential district with the surrounding city.

After last night’s York Council planning committee meeting in which the last stage of the project was approved, Richard Cook, head of residential at Lendlease, said: “Today’s decision demonstrates a continued vote of confidence in our ability to deliver thriving new communities, and we are proud to continue our work to bring the perfect development-mix to York.

“The combination of new homes, retail, and public realm at Hungate allows us to create a truly sustainable community that makes best use of the final area of brownfield land within the city walls, while meeting the ever-growing need for new homes in the area.”

The final stage of the development features 22,000 sq ft of green roof space and doubles the volume of hedges and lawned areas originally envisioned as part of the development, with the landscaping emphasis on native plant species, developers said.

Additional cycle parking and electric car charging points are also being added.

The approved plans will be delivered in four phases.