We've submitted planning to create our next generation rental homes at Monks Cross, York. Working with our sister company, Oakgate Group, this new sustainable development proposes 139 modern, new single-family rental homes located at Kathryn Avenue, York.
The proposed 139 single-family rental homes are purposefully designed for renters which would combine best-in-class design and build with leading smart technology and outstanding customer service, bringing a new lifestyle-driven way of living to the suburbs of York. With long-term secure tenures available, the apartments will respond to the need for new homes in York for keyworkers, growing families, professionals, and downsizers. Eleven purpose built specialist accessibly designed apartments are included in the proposals to meet the needs of people living with disabilities.
Located at Kathryn Avenue in Monks Cross, next to the York Community Stadium, this brownfield site is a well-connected location with the Park & Ride in walking distance, as well as a choice of healthcare, retail, leisure, sports facilities, and supermarkets on its doorstep. The neighbourhood would be accessed via Kathryn Avenue, and provides 27 car parking spaces, including four disabled spaces, along with secure internal cycle storage for 140 bikes.
With a strong focus on ESG, the design, build and operations of the neighbourhood will promote attractive and sustainable spaces to enjoy, including a programme of tree planting and green spaces, and improves biodiversity by introducing native species of planting, bird and bat boxes, bee bricks and wildflower areas.
The homes will be designed, built and operated by Casa by Moda for the long term, giving further security of tenure for residents and allowing Casa to deliver a health and wellbeing focused way of living through a range of leading services and partnerships.
The planning submission was informed by a public consultation, which received positive support from the local community over the draft plans, alongside feedback from local stakeholders including York City Football Club, York NHS Foundation Trust as well as Vangarde and Monks Cross Shopping Centres.
The public consultation feedback revealed that respondents strongly valued the importance the plans placed on community, wellbeing and sustainability. There was also evident support for the proposed inclusion of purpose-built accessible living spaces for those with disabilities.
Over 38% of people who responded to the consultation indicated they would be interested in renting a property should plans be approved, indicating strong desire for our offer of high-quality rental apartments at this location.
We aim to create social, integrated and safe neighbourhoods, where community-led groups bring like-minded people together. From running groups or outdoor fitness classes to baking and book clubs, Casa by Moda’s teams and technology will enable residents to access and engage with the community in and around them.
The wellbeing offering will be boosted by access to a range of public, private and semi-private amenity spaces in and around the neighbourhood, including roof terraces, a landscaped central garden, communal lounge and meeting areas to promote flexible working spaces and resident engagement.
Casa by Moda neighbourhoods deliver much needed and price accessible housing across the UK, which has a chronic shortage of quality, professionally managed homes for rent at a time when more and more people are renting for longer in the country. Almost 20% of all homes in the UK are rented, with that number set to increase to up to 23% by 2025. Casa by Moda neighbourhoods address the growing need for modern homes for rent to suit all ages and requirements across the UK.
As a long-term operator in the Monks Cross area, we will partner with local businesses and educational organisations to support the economy, education and employment priorities. The developer operator prioritises local employment wherever possible at all of it sites and offers a range of apprenticeships across the development and construction phases of its neighbourhoods.
The regeneration in and around Monks Cross over the last few years has increased employment and demand for new homes nearby. The site presents an opportunity to redevelop the area and address the housing shortage. These plans will create up to 8 new jobs, more than is currently in place with the existing operation.
Matthew Townson, our Director of Development and Projects said: “We are pleased to reach this key milestone in the delivery of much-needed new homes for rent at Kathryn Avenue in York. Our public consultation was a hugely valuable exercise which has helped shape the plans which would deliver a new generation of rental homes at Monks Cross. This scheme represents a step-change for York’s rental market, including fully equipped accessible homes, at a highly sustainable and vibrant location.”
Richard France, Managing Director of Oakgate Group, said: “We were confident that Casa by Moda’s offer of high-quality and accessible build-to-rent accommodation would be welcomed at this location, and are enthused that several of those who responded to the consultation indicated interest in living at the site. A planning application has been submitted to City of York Council for determination. A decision is expected in the coming months.