Galtres Garden Village Development

Martin Hawthorne of BICD was asked to be a Director of Galtres Garden Village Development Company, and to lead the process to promote this fantastic New Garden Village development in York. Galtres Garden Village is a unique opportunity to address the significant shortfall of the housing that is needed in the City of York, delivering a viable and flexible solution. We worked with the City of York Council and Homes England, with capacity to create a new community that embraces the needs of the elderly, key workers and working families wanting to live affordably in York.

After years of planning and scrutiny, the proposal took into account previous public consultation and input. With landscape and environment at the heart of its design, and the Rowntree legacy of ‘Community First’ reflected throughout, it opens access to natural country parkland and embraces health, wellbeing and harmonious living. Galtres Garden Village is a critical project for the future of York City housing, to help ensure that locals who live in York can stay in York, whatever their circumstances.

Galtres Garden Village is a proposed development of land to the north of North Lane and Monk’s Cross, and includes the delivery of up to 1740 new homes, which can be delivered over the next ten years.

Crucially, this includes a 30% allocation (over 500 units) of affordable homes, and pays particular attention to homes for the elderly, those with a disability, key workers and first-time buyers.

It will offer mixed tenure housing with a variety of home ownership and rented options and includes a varied selection of house types, from bungalows to larger detached properties. Modern amenities will support this new settlement: a care village for retirement living, a community hub, village green and recreation facilities as well as a school, surgery and shops. The ‘Garden Village’ concept is embraced throughout with a landscape-led design which draws upon the classic Rowntree’s philosophy of creating a Garden village with a community atmosphere, linked to healthy living, training and education.

Bright Ideas understands the importance of listening to the community, and residents agreed that York does need new homes and this proposal is one of few that will have minimal impact on York’s unique beauty. The scheme takes land which is currently closed and private making it open and accessible to all. It will create a new country park and work with the landscape keeping old hedgerows and water courses.

The team will work closely with the Council to address the issue of traffic and congestion, and maximise the benefits of widening the ring road in this area. It will use the A64 as a key access road encouraging traffic away from Earswick and Huntington, and residents will have easier access to the superb Vanguard shopping facility at Monk’s Cross.

Building in this proposed location takes the homes away from the ring road, and uses land fronting North Lane, near the A64. The new homes will be out of sight from existing villages of Huntington and Earswick and travellers using the ring road. This is not a case of urban sprawl; the new community will sit neatly in its own environment.

Most importantly however, at the heart of the designs is the so-called ‘Green’ agenda. The Garden village approach emphasises the ‘human’ nature of village life. Certainly, the green routes, pathways and flora will be central to the designs but so will the creation of the village facilities and transport links. These all make towards a self-contained community able to access services without making unnecessary journeys