Funding provided for new housing in Colburn and Wensleydale

The former Carrs Billington site in Askrigg.

Funding to build more than 160 new homes in Richmondshire has been approved.

In total, nine schemes  and 700 homes – which include 252 affordable homes – will receive a share of the York and North Yorkshire Brownfield Housing Fund.

A total of £9,177,000 has been allocated.

Officials say the investment is a result of the region’s proposed devolution deal and will unlock housing development on brownfield land.

The add that it will help deliver affordable, accessible, and low carbon housing, creating sustainable and high-quality places.

The schemes include 17 homes being build by Broadacres Housing Association across two sites — the former Carrs Billington premises in Askrigg and Raskelf near Easingwold.

Funding has been provided for 160 more homes on the former Arc Factory, off Catterick Road, Colburn, for an estate to be called Colburn dale.

A planning application was approved for the development in 2018 after being submitted by the Home Group.

North Yorkshire Council’s leader, Cllr Carl Les, said: “North Yorkshire is one of the most desirable places to live in the country, but with that comes a massive demand for housing, especially for more affordable homes.

“We want people to be able to continue to live in the communities where they grew up, while also allowing others to move to the county to help to bring in the skills and experience which are needed to boost the economy.

“This is a significant moment for both York and North Yorkshire to see more than £9 million being used to fund hundreds of new properties, especially with more than a third of them being affordable homes.

“It is another indication of the benefits that are being realised ahead of the proposed devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire, bringing in additional funding from the Government to help to address some of the biggest issues which we face.”

Councillor Claire Douglas, Leader of City of York Council, said: “It is so important to us that York not only has the number of homes it needs but that they are at prices that people can afford and are both for sale and to rent.

“Increasing the supply of good quality, affordable housing is a key priority for us. We are making good progress on our own Housing Delivery Programme and this funding for York and North Yorkshire is very welcome as it means more quality, affordable homes of mixed tenures and ownership models for the city and wider region.

“We are keen to explore further opportunities with the Combined Authority when it is set up in the new year to ensure that more homes can be built.”

Funding was agreed, subject to further due diligence, at a meeting of the York and North Yorkshire Joint Devolution Committee on Friday, December 15.

If progressed, the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority will administer the fund.

Investment has been secured from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities.

James Farrar, interim director of transition for the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, added: “Subject to progress, a new combined authority could be operational in January and formally launched in February. A mayoral election would take place on 2nd May 2024.”

Projects allocated funding:

  • 392 homes on former gas works at Heworth, York
  • 10 homes, Sturdee Grove, York
  • 18 homes, Main Street, Ingleby Arncliffe
  • 17 homes at Raskelf near Easingwold and Carrs Billington, Askrigg
  • 160 homes, former Arc Factory, off Catterick Road, Colburn, Catterick Garrison
  • 9 homes across multiple sites in Harrogate and Boroughbridge
  • 5 homes at Hawthorn Terrace South, York
  • 70 homes across 4 sites in York
  • 19 homes at Lowfield Green, York

1 Comment

  1. Only 17 new homes for all Wensleydale and maybe most of them are for Raskelf near Easingwold.

    Is this what is called Levelling Up?

    Or do people from Wensleydale have to move out of the area to York to get a house?

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