A public meeting is being held to highlight the lack of affordable housing in York, and suggest ways to tackle the problem.
With recent reports showing that York is the most unaffordable place to buy a home in Yorkshire, John Hocking, Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, will outline the scale of the problem for buyers and renters.
Representatives of YorSpace, the community-housing group, will explain their ideas that could help tackle the problem and spark a discussion about the role the City of York Council can play in facilitating the provision of low cost housing.
York Social hosts the meeting, and Pete Kilbane from the group will call for the planners to prioritise housing that allows communities to flourish. He said
“The Council will come under enormous pressure to sell off its property in the years ahead. We would urge them to hang on to our assets and ensure that they are used for the betterment of our communities”
“If the Council are going to transfer assets then they should do so with organisations that will maximise their social value. So on plots suitable for homes they should work with developers who will provide 100% social housing”
“These are precious belongings for the people of York and we should not just be selling them to the highest bidder, because once they’re gone they are gone forever.”
Mr Kilbane added that the ongoing sale of Oliver House in Bishophill should be stopped and the site restricted for the development of low cost community focussed homes.
Phil Bixby, from the York Environment Forum, will chair the event and contributions from the public will be encouraged in the discussion. The meeting is at 7.30pm, Wednesday 20th May in the Denham Room at the Priory St Centre.