FOSTERING A GROWING COMMUNITY The site is predominantly family housing, because research undertaken by the housing trust and York Council revealed that this was the greatest local need. In addition to the tenure blind design, the different tenures are also scattered across the site so no area of the community can be designated or stigmatised by a particular tenure. It maintains the quality of the whole area and enables the homes to be flexible for different tenures and households in the future. A third of the site is public open space. The roads and shared spaces have been designed to create a series of co-ordinated and coherent
‘places’. The landscaping and most of the public facilities have been provided in the first phase of the development. Where possible, elements have a more than one function — the small square is a meeting point, sitting space and play area. Support is offered to residents who want to be involved in the development and management of the new community. Joseph Rowntree retains ownership of the land and the builder of the first phase is acting as a contractor for the affordable properties, building to the trust’s designs. Joseph Rowntree own the branding, so it can be used in later phases of the development.
A community heating system supplied by biomass boilers was chosen as the most cost effective and future-proof means of achieving low carbon emissions and provides a degree of fuel security as it is operated by the trust. This centralised distributive system will allow future carbon efficient technology to be introduced with minimal disruption. The energy centre, where the boilers are housed, includes an education space, community room and an office for the neighbourhood officer.
Energy centre with community facilities, Derwenthorpe.