Hi folks. It looks like the Council will favour the highest bid for Oliver House, which means building over the community allotment and building retirement flats for the baby boomers. Here’s what YorSpace think. What do you think?

Response to Council Report

YorSpace are delighted that we are one of the shortlisted bids for Oliver House, and that our community-minded development is under serious consideration by City of York Council.

However, we’re disappointed that the Council have been advised to accept the highest cash-value commercial bid, with no local amenity or community provision. The size of the bid together with the cost of demolition and development by McCarthy Stone suggests that the proposed retirement apartments will be sold in excess of £300,000 and will do nothing to address the demonstrable needs of local families and first-time buyers.

While we recognise the Council’s need to bridge short-term funding gaps, Oliver House is an opportunity for City of York Council to demonstrate their long-term commitment to tackling inequality. York is a vibrant city with a thriving community. But that community needs affordable homes to survive. We ask the council to look beyond short term funding constraints to a broader, more holistic vision for York as a city in the future.

The final decision will be announced by Cllr Dafydd Williams on March 19th. If you would like to express your support for YorSpace and our proposal for 14 affordable, sustainable homes with community allotments at Oliver House, you can do so by…

Following us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YorSpace
Joining the Back the bid campaign: https://www.facebook.com/BackTheYorSpaceBid
Following us on Twitter: @YorSpace
Contacting Dafyd Williams directly: cllr.dwilliams@york.gov.uk or @dafwilliams78

The full report is available here: COYC Oliver House Report

The summary of all bids is available here: Oliver House – Summary of bids

The bid evaluation is available here:  Oliver House – Bid Evaluation