Housing Growth

Our area is characterised by high housing costs, low wages and an ageing population. We need housing markets that are accessible, affordable and appropriate for our diverse population, economy and geography.

We aim to deliver at least 5,000 new homes annually across all types and tenures, supported through our Growth Deal and Housing Strategy. We are also working in partnership with our Local Planning Authorities to ensure that Local Plans are up to date and we are developing a collaborative approach to planning, including through a spatial development framework.

We will enable the increase in housing supply by both supporting investment in infrastructure at specific major sites to unlock development and through partnership working with the public and private sectors to address underlying issues preventing the delivery of new homes. These include a lack of diversity in the market, meeting rural housing needs, addressing skills, labour and resource shortages, targeting investment and developing a supportive planning environment.

Strategic Housing Sites

Through Local Growth Deal funding, we are supporting investment in infrastructure to deliver almost 5,000 new homes on four key strategic sites.

North Northallerton – Hambleton

This site is well served by road, rail and bus routes. The consented area includes land to the West of Stokesley Road and East of Darlington Road and serves as a natural extension to the market town, whilst leaving a strategic gap to the North.

Hambleton District Council has approved a planning application from a consortium of developers – Persimmon Homes, Mulberry Homes and Taylor Wimpey. This includes an outline approval for 900 homes, employment uses, a neighbourhood shopping centre, extra care facilities, a primary school and community uses such as sports pitches and allotments.

Olympia Park – Selby


The development of this key gateway site in Selby will include proposals for over 850 new homes, local shops, a new primary school and extensive public open space including children’s play areas and improved sports facilities.

The relocation and enhancement of the existing allotments to the northern part of the site are also part of the proposals.  This is a joint investment with the Leeds City Region LEP, which is taking forward the employment element of this site.

Catterick – Richmondshire


Catterick is one of the largest rural towns in the LEP area. Over the past century it has evolved into a mixed settlement with a major military presence. However, the town lacks a defined centre and effective connections to wider areas, which inhibit significant economic growth.

The Governments long term commitment to Catterick Garrison provides the opportunity for major housing growth (1,900 homes) and a new town centre further north. The A1 upgrade and Town Centre development will help realise the vision of a strong District Centre, made up of a modern Catterick Garrison and historic Richmond.

Connectivity will maximise the range of opportunities and the economic benefits that the town centre and related development will bring to communities across rural Richmondshire.

Middle Deepdale – Scarborough


The proposals for Middle Deepdale form a sustainable urban extension on the southern edge of Scarborough. Comprising of 1,200 new homes, the proposals have been developed in co-operation with the Local Community.

The organisations working together to deliver the future aspirations for Middle Deepdale are: Kebbell Homes, Keepmoat, Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council and housing and care provider Sanctuary Group.

Community Led and Rural Housing

Rural Housing

Providing good quality rural affordable housing is a key priority in York, North Yorkshire & East Riding. This is a complex and often lengthy process and we have a team of Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) to ensure that resource and expertise is on hand to help rural communities.

The RHEs work with communities and partners including Housing Associations and Local Authorities to increase the supply of rural affordable housing. This could help local people and workers on modest incomes to stay or return to their village. Developments of this kind can help to support villages to thrive. For more information see  here.

Community Led Housing

Providing more homes is a major Government priority and community-led housing is firmly on the national agenda as a small, but important contributor. Many communities are taking the lead in providing affordable homes for local people, creating community assets and helping to support local economies. Community-led housing, in all its forms, is supported by Government, many local authorities, some housing associations and local communities, all of whom are actively engaged in its delivery.

In late December 2016 Government announced allocations from the Community Housing Fund. Targeted at communities under pressure from second home ownership, the Fund will provide £300 million nationally over the next five years to support community-led housing with both revenue and capital funding.

Local authorities in North Yorkshire and East Riding were awarded allocation total of £6.2 million in 2016/17 in the first round of the Community Housing Fund. The Authorities are working with many communities across the area to enable new homes to be developed through a variety of community led models and an advice Hub has been developed https://www.reachcommunityhousing.co.uk/.

Governance – Joint Assets Board and the Housing Board


The Housing Strategy for the LEP area is developed, monitored and managed via the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Housing Board. The Housing strategy aims to deliver 5,000 new homes per year, of which 1,600 are affordable and focuses on priorities including:

  • Building more homes of the right size, type and tenure
  • Ensuring our existing stock is of a high standard
  • Continuing to prevent homelessness
  • Doing so across our diverse urban, rural and coastal markets.

The Board is led by planning and housing portfolio holders and includes representatives from the Home Builders FederationNational Housing Federation and Homes England . There are direct links between the Housing Board and LEP priorities and the Housing Board reports to the LEP Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board.