The Council has announced that Ashley House PLC will develop and operate an Extra Care elderly persons facility which will be built on the Oakhaven site on Acomb Road.
Ashley House generally get good inspection reports for their homes.
The deal – agreed at a behind closed doors decision session – also secures for the Council nomination rights to affordable and discount sale apartments for the next 80 years.
There will be 48 one bedroomed and 8 two bedroomed homes provided on the site
- 20 will be for affordable rent,
- 5 shared ownership,
- 15 at market rent and
- 16 outright sale.
The development will include a lounge, cafe/restaurant, buggy store and staff rooms plus 16 car park spaces.
The one bedroomed properties will be rented for £241 a week and the 2 bedroomed properties for £266. The target sale price for the properties is between £165000 and £195,000.
The developer will pay the Council £150,000 for the land.
If the adjacent Police station becomes available, the developer say he will provide an additional 14 apartments on that part of the site.
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Coincidentally, the owners of the nearby Carlton Tavern public house have today announced its closure. They are understood to have sold the site to “Crown Care” who will develop a similar care facility.
The Oakhaven proposals are tied up with controversial plans to develop the Lowfields school site.
At Lowfields, government officials have said that they may not be able to intervene to stop the sale and development of the playing fields “if they have not been used for over 10 years”.
York Council officials claim that Lowfields/High School pupils last used the sports field in September 1997. In reality it was much later than that.
Meanwhile there is considerable confusion about whether the North Yorkshire police can afford to move their Acomb Police Station onto the Lowfields site, while the NHS has confirmed that no funding has been made available for the promised health centre which was also to have been built there.
A communal housing group has meanwhile announced two “public meetings” to discuss their plans for a small section of the Lowfields Site. Yorspace was allocated a site near little Tudor Road by the Councils Executive although the financial terms of any deal are not yet known. Their allocated site is not on the school playing field as such, although they apparently lobbied for the whole of the school campus to be developed (bringing them into potential conflict with the “Save Lowfields Playing Field” action group which was formed in the autumn) .
The meetings are being held on:
- 11 March – Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Pl, York YO24 3HY, 3pm
- 15 March – Chill Cafe, 8a Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BJ, 7pm