Call me Mr Shape

The Council is to adopt a pseudonym when it tries to sell any new homes that it builds in York. The decision comes in the wake of research which suggests that many potential buyers regard the Council as a provider of cheap, lower specification homes.

So, the Council will in future market itself as “Shape Homes York”. The revelation comes in a report being considered later this week

The Council’s poor image on housing is easy to understand given the litter and weed infested state of many Council estates. Unnecessary cuts to maintenance regimes have led to a fall in tenants’ satisfaction. This has affected the Councils image more generally.

The report also reveals what is claimed to be a new approach to design and public consultation on the sites that it will develop over the next few years. Around 600 new homes are planned.

Major mistakes were made at Lowfields where bogus promises of a new health centre and police station were included in marketing material. It later turned out that neither was likely to materialise while a proposed elderly persns home has been delayed. Residents became even more hostile towards the council when it was revealed that “replacement” sports pitches (those at Lowfield are being built on) would be provided at a site located some 3 miles away and lacking a public transport link.

The Council plans developments at Askham Bar, Burnholme, Duncombe Barracks, the former Manor School, the former Clifton Without School, and the former Woolnough House sites.

The brownfield (and unused) Askham bar car park site is being slipped down the priority list to allow for early work at Ordnance Lane and Hospital Fields Road.

The Council expects around 40% of the properties it builds to be “affordable”. They will be cross subsidised by market sales by the new “Shape Homes” front organisation. The Council has set up a new department to manage the programme and has recruited a large number of additional administrative staff. The overall cost of the programme is £154 million.

The Council has also published a design manual which they claim indicates how its new homes will look. It includes some high efficiency homes which will have low running costs (Passivhaus)

As the, currently stalled, Lowfield development has revealed, Council propaganda rarely these days accords with reality.

In setting up its own housing building operation, we think that the Council may be overextending itself. 

It is still trying to bring to a conclusion the £42 million Community Stadium project, it announced last week that £20 million would be spent on redeveloping a business club at the Guildhall while the first tranche of work on the £1 billion York Central site is due to start later in the year.

& all that from a local authority which doesn’t even have a permanent Chief Executive working for it at present.

Modern 2 bed York City centre flat for £112,000?

A flat in Skeldergate is currently being advertised for sale for £112,500.

With a 10% deposit ,this could mean monthly mortgage repayments of around £530

The property is being advertised by Redmove

Discounted sale properties like this are available to some low earners.

You can see the criteria on the York Council’s web site Click 


Property still selling well in west York

According to the Mouseprice index there have been a lot of house sales in west York recently.

These include:

14, Tedder Road, YO24 3JB £174,000 15 Jun 2016 3 bed semi-D
50, Tedder Road, YO24 3JB £220,000 15 Apr 2016 4 bed terraced
218, Thoresby Road, YO24 3ER £146,500 11 Mar 2016 3 bed semi-D
102, Cornlands Road, YO24 3EA £163,000 24 Jun 2016 3 bed terraced
115, Askham Lane, YO24 3HH £375,000 27 May 2016 4 bed detached
54, Lowick, YO24 2RF £159,500 23 May 2016 2 bed terraced
20, Lowick, YO24 2RF £163,500 23 May 2016 2 bed terraced
20, Askham Grove, YO24 3HE £215,000 24 Feb 2016 2 bed detached
11, Chantry Close, YO24 2SJ £180,000 16 Jun 2016 2 bed semi-D
87, Wains Road, YO24 2UB £199,000 20 May 2016 3 bed semi-D

2 bedroomed flat in Aldersyde House on Tadcaster Road can be bought for £329,995

2 bedroomed flat in Aldersyde House on Tadcaster Road can be bought for £329,995

Larger properties on the market range from a 3 bed terrace in St Josephs Court  at £200,000 to a 4 bed detached in Beagle Ridge Drive which is being marketed at £299,950

On the rental market is a 1 bed flat in College Court for £400 pcm a 2 bed flat in Aldersyde Court at £775 and a 3 bed semi in Beech Grove at £1000.

Properties without a chain and available for immediate occupation include a 1 bed flat in Vyner House on Front Street at £105,000  and a £300,000 4 bed property in Orrin Close.

House sales in west York buoyant

House sales in west York over the last few months have been buoyant.

Sales have included:

45, Bellhouse Way, YO24 3LL £180,000 30 Sep 2015 2 bed semi-D
12, Hatfield Walk, YO24 3LX £160,000 09 Oct 2015 4 bed terraced
16, Corlett Court, YO24 3LR £145,000 15 Oct 2015 3 bed terraced
49, Huntsmans Walk, YO24 3JZ £210,000 28 Sep 2015 3 bed detached
47, Lydham Court, YO24 3NU £122,000 23 Sep 2015 1 bed terraced
20, Lydham Court, YO24 3NU £122,500 15 Oct 2015 1 bed terraced
1, Bradley Drive, YO24 3NX £120,000 25 Aug 2015 1 bed terraced
93, Cornlands Road, YO24 3ED £156,000 24 Sep 2015 2 bed semi-D
25, Chantry Close, YO24 2SJ £190,000 28 Aug 2015 3 bed semi-D
25, Carrfield, YO24 2SG £197,500 23 Oct 2015 2 bed semi-D
Homes currently on the market include
  • 3 bed semi in Otterwood Lane for £205,000
    The Gallops £259,950
    The Gallops £259,950
  • 4 bed end terrace in Walker Drive for £167,500
  • 4 bed detached in The Gallops for £259,950
  • 6 bed terrace in Oldman Court for £167,500
Properties available for rent include:
  • 2 bed flat in Church Mews for £625 pm
  • 3 bed house in Hinton Ave for £740 pm
    Church Mews £625 pm
    Church Mews £625 pm
  • 2 bed house in Milner Street for £750 pm
  • 3 bed semi in Fellbrook Ave for £995 pm
Other interesting properties include
  • A chain free 5 bed home in Askham Bryan available at £900,000
  • A 3 bed terraced home in Hope Street has been discounted to £155,000

More details of these and other properties can be found on the Mouseprice web site click