York & North Yorkshire

York's first council houses for 20 years to be built

Artist's impression of the housing development in York
Image caption The new houses will have high levels of insulation

New council houses are being built in York for the first time in 20 years.

Nineteen "eco-friendly" homes will be built off Lilbourne Drive in Clifton as part of the development.

The project is being funded by a social housing grant from the government and the city council. The first homes will be finished by spring 2012.

The site will have two and three-bedroom homes built to be energy efficient, helping to reduce running costs for tenants.

The houses will have built-in solar panels and high levels of insulation.

The development will cost the council about £1.4m, to be repaid from rental of the homes over 30 years.

The city currently has 7,900 council-owned homes including sheltered housing and hostels.

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