Hundreds of homes outlined in green project

Artists' impressions of the next stage of new homes at Hungate, York.
Artists' impressions of the next stage of new homes at Hungate, York.
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PLANS have been submitted to create an additional 662 homes in one of Yorkshire’s biggest regeneration schemes, which has been dogged by delays.

An application for the final stage of Hungate in York takes the number of homes to be created in the development to over 1,000.

Plans to develop the 4.1 hectare site within York’s medieval bar walls go back to 2005, when York Council first approved plans to transform the semi-derelict site with 720 new homes, as well as a riverside piazza, walkways, cycle paths and a new bridge over the River Foss and community space.

The scheme was heralded as one of the most significant building programmes in Europe by the architects behind the scheme, and the largest archaeological dig in York for almost 30 years took place ahead of building work.

But it was beset by delays during the economic downturn, and work on the first stage finally began in 2011.

This latest application includes plans for 662 homes, two new public squares and a new community centre. It also includes approximately 20,000 sq ft of retail space, which aims to “revitalise the site’s existing streetscape” by extending the city’s shopping scene into the area, developers Lendlease and its partner Evans Property Group said.

The development of Hungate is already well underway, with 162 new homes completed, and a further 195 apartments currently being under construction.

The additional 662 homes planned for the site include a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, featuring locally-inspired architecture designed by international placemaking practice, John Thompson & Partners, Lendlease said.

Overall, the masterplan aims to deliver a total of 1,025 new homes and landscaped public space, with new access pathways and cycle routes.

Richard Cook, head of residential at Lendlease, said: “Hungate is the last major brownfield site within the city walls, and our final plan illustrates our commitment to fulfilling its potential, meeting the ever-growing need for new homes in the area.

“We have a successful track record in creating thriving new communities, having recently completed the Green Quarter in Manchester. We believe the masterplan for Hungate offers the perfect combination of homes, retail and public realm in order to deliver a truly sustainable community.”

If permission is granted, the new development will take place in four phases, with construction to start in 2016. Developers say the scheme will create 22,000 sq ft of green roof space alongside double the volume of hedges and lawned areas than originally outlined.

This latest application sees extra cycle parking and electric car charging points, as well as pedestrian walkways and cycle paths. An open green space - St John’s Square - has been designed by London-based urban design landscape architects Neil Tully Associates, and a second - Friars Quay - will overlook the River Foss.