John Thompson & Partners' unanimous approval for new urban neighbourhood in York
Phase 2 of John Thompson & Partners’ masterplan at Hungate in York has received Reserved Matters Planning Consent. The £150 million landmark development for Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd received overwhelming approval on 22 November 2007 with unanimous cross-party support by City of York Planning Committee.
Hungate is a 4 ha site located on the banks of the River Foss, on the south-east edge of York city centre. The mixed-use masterplan was developed by John Thompson & Partners and facilitated by one of the largest community planning processes undertaken in the UK.
The new urban neighbourhood will provide 720 new homes within York’s city walls and will include offices, cafés, restaurants, shops and community spaces. City of York Council has recently chosen Hungate as the location for its new headquarters. Phase 1 of the development for 163 apartments and town houses is currently on site and incorporates a nature reserve and the regeneration of the historic King’s Pool. A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the river is currently under consideration by City of York planners.
Phase 2 comprises commercial / restaurant units at ground floor level and 154 dwellings with a mix of studios, one, two and three bed apartments with underground parking. The residential element achieves an Eco-Homes rating of Very Good, with an Excellent rating being achieved on 15% of the dwellings. Other environmental initiatives include extensive cycle parking, solar water heating, car club initiatives, recycling facilities, green energy packs, micro-generation and locally sourced building materials.