Published: 9th May 2019

This article, by Steve Burkeman, trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, was originally published on Rethinking Poverty. In 1901, Joseph Rowntree began creating what was to become the village of New Earswick, 2½ miles north of York. Today, New Earswick is a thriving mixed community of some 2,700 people, with a range of community facilities. Over 80 years later, the trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), who had inherited responsibility for New Earswick, took on the challenge of developing what they described as a ‘New Earswick for the 21st century’. Derwenthorpe  Two miles east of the centre of York, Derwenthorpe is a newly created village of 540 homes spread over a 21.7-hectare site; residents began moving in in 2012. 60% of the homes are for sale, and 40% are rented (25%) or shared ownership (15%), with the social housing ‘pepper-potted’ around the estate. All the houses are built to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)