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Student Accommodation out Grows Family Newbuilds in York

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Council figures have revealed that more student housing was built in York last year then standard new homes for families.

Of the 1,100 properties developed in the city in 2015/16, more than half were purpose built student accommodation.

An official housing monitoring update produced by City of York Council show that there were 1,121 net housing completions in the city between April 2015 and March 2016, 579 of which were off-campus privately managed purpose-built student accommodation.

A further 114 were pre-existing properties that were developed as a result of rules being relaxed to allow other buildings to be converted into residential use.

Most of the others were made up by developments at Derwenthrope, Sessions Print Works, the Fox and Hounds site in Copmanthorpe, and others.

This year's figure represents a 10 year high for the number of housing completions in 12 months, however the number of houses receiving planning permission to be built in the near future has fallen, to the concern of councillors.

Only 680 were granted planning permission in 2015/16, a fall on the previous two years. It's understood that some large new housing developments have been stuck in the planning stage for months, as the council has not confirmed a Local Plan for the city.

Councillors have argued that more needs to be done to solve housing problems in the city, especially given the Government right to buy scheme that could see York forced to sell 1,400 council homes and cost council millions.