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Case study: Derwenthorpe, York Earlier in this report we described the impressive design of new homes being built in the new community of Derwenthorpe in York. We were also impressed by the other aspects of this development, including the partnership agreement to deliver the scheme under the leadership of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Here are some of the other aspects of good practice that are being used to develop this sustainable new community.
Connectivity with the local area The aesthetics of the new homes are strongly linked with the identity of local buildings. The characteristic of arts and crafts design is revisited, particularly the white painted brickwork and plain tiles of New Earswick. Public transport options are strong, with a car club being set up, a new bus route due to be introduced, and an existing bus route within walking distance. There are cycling routes and footpaths throughout the site. Cables have been moved underground for several miles beyond the boundaries of Derwenthorpe and the electricity pylons are being removed, so neighbouring homes will enjoy improved scenery and possible improvements to the value of their homes.
Future Homes Commission Report