Richards Partington Architects
Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
not yet appointed
City of York Council
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York is under tremendous pressure for family homes close to all its jobs and amenity, so this was a case of bringing land forward under a ‘Very Special Circumstances” claim on the basis this was where people needed more housing most. It seems a safe move to make when the developer is none other than the Joseph Rowntree Trust, which built the exemplary New Earswick village scheme in the same area at the beginning of the last century when similar issues about housing supply dominated.
This new scheme owes a lot to that, reinterpreting Parker and Unwin’s Arts and Craft style. The difference will be in the scheme’s energy footprint. Besides putting people as close as possible to work and leisure to cut travel, 61 of the 64 homes will be built to the Code Level 4 with three more to higher levels of the Code. With the prototypes already built and being monitored, the first phase of Derwenthorpe is set to become an important step toward a low-carbon exemplar in this country.
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