6. Planning and Social Care
A draft Local Plan agreed for submission in 2011 would have seen 575 homes per annum built in the City.
Labours “Big City” approach alternative was floated in 2013. It would have seen the City grow by 25%. Many of the houses would have been built in the Green Belt, which would have been damaged irreparably. The plan never reached the public inquiry stage.
During the last three years an average of 1131 additional homes have been provided in the City each year.
This compares to an average, over the last 10 years, of 652.
The latest Local Plan – still not adopted – envisages 790 homes a year being provided. This is still much higher than ONS projects say is necessary and would require a sustained growth in jobs, the scale of which has not been not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
Labours manifesto still advocates building in the Green Belt.
The number of York residents supported at home through care package is around 1800. About 650 residents are admitted to nursing or residential care each year. The figures are stable
Over the last 18 months the numbers of delayed discharges from hospital resulting from unavailable “care in the community” facilities has fluctuated between 4 and 11 patients.
There have been delays in the Councils elderly persons new accommodation strategy. Although some homes have closed, there has been little progress “on site” in building new facilities at Oakhaven, Lowfield, Haxby etc.