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Second phase of Hungate scheme gets green light

Planning approval has been given for the second phase of the Hungate residential development in York.The £150 million project is being undertaken by Hungate Regeneration, a joint venture between Lend Lease, the integrated property and infrastructure group, and Evans Property Group. It will build 195 new homes, including eco-friendly apartments and townhouses. Leisure facilities, offices, cafes and car-free open spaces will also be provided as part of the project, which is located along the banks of the River Foss. Construction on the second phase is due to commence during the summer.Hungate is the only residential development currently underway within the city walls. It is the site of the largest archaeological excavation in York's history, which has been funded by Hungate Regeneration.Richard Cook, Lend Lease's head of residential, said: "We have been working closely with City of York Council during the planning process to incorporate the views of the public as well as York Archaeological Trust who have been leading the archaeological preservation of the site."These new homes have been designed by our architects Weedon Partnership to offer residents fantastic views both of the river, and of the historic city."York's Labour-controlled council last year unveiled plans to build more than 1,000 homes a year in the city. The council claimed the housing is necessary to cope with a predicted expansion of York's population, which is forecast to grow by 40,000 by 2030, the BBC reports. Some 62 sites were identified around the city for potential development. Opposition councillors branded the plan "unrealistic", however, with the Lib Dems' Ann Reid pointing out that York's population had only grown at only one per cent a year during the past decade.In 2013, the council proposed reducing the affordable housing requirements on sites within the city by five per cent, in an attempt to encourage developers to build. Just 220 new homes were built in the city during the course of 2012. 

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