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53°57′36″N 1°02′19″W / 53.959906°N 1.038749°W / 53.959906; -1.038749Coordinates: 53°57′36″N 1°02′19″W / 53.959906°N 1.038749°W / 53.959906; -1.038749

Derwenthorpe is a housing development situated approximately 2 miles to the east of York city centre which is adjacent to Osbaldwick, Tang Hall and Meadlands. The design and planning for this new estate was undertaken by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) and the building contract for all 4 build phases has been awarded to Barratt Developments (under the brand name "David Wilson Homes").[1]

The original name of "New Osbaldwick" was dropped in favour of "Derwenthorpe" in 2004 in reference to the Derwent Valley Light Railway that used to run through the site.[2]

Environmental aims[edit]

All homes built will meet or exceed the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 standard and include features such as MVHR in order to reduce energy consumption.[3] Hot water and central heating is provided by means of a district heating biomass furnace system which is housed in the "Super Sustainable Centre" in the middle of the site.[4]


The development has won a number of awards for both design and build, including:

  • Civic Trust Award, 2014 for Phase 1 [5]
  • Housing Design Award, 2013 (completed category) [6]
  • What House? Awards, 2013. Silver awarded in the "Best Development" category [7]


A number of objections to the development were raised based on environmental and wildlife concerns.[8] However most of these concerns were determined to be unfounded in an expert report which was commissioned by JRHT.[9] Local residents submitted a petition in opposition to the development and, as a result, a public inquiry was conducted. Ultimately, the development was referred to the Communities and Local Government department for approval but the development was given the go-ahead in May 2007.[10] Work on the first phase and infrastructure began in late 2010.


Between 1913 and 1926 Osbaldwick was served by a station on the Derwent Valley Light Railway.[11] This line remained open to freight until 1981 but has now been completely dismantled. Sustrans National Cycle Route 66 now runs on the former track bed which bisects the Derwenthorpe site.[12]

The site is currently served by the Number 6 bus service[13] which runs between the University of York and Clifton Moor but there are plans to create a new route featuring new zero-emission electric buses in future.[14]


  1. ^ "JRHT appoints David Wilson Homes as developer to complete landmark Derwenthorpe housing scheme". Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "New name for York's new homes scheme". The Press. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Derwenthorpe Project Management" (PDF). Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "About the Super Sustainable Centre". Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Derwenthorpe Phase 1 : 2014 award". Civic Trust Awards. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Derwenthorpe Phase 1 : 2013 winner". Housing Design Award. Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "What House? Awards 2013". What House Digital Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Laycock, Mike (30 June 2006). "Experts tell Derwenthorpe inquiry that scheme would be devastating to wildlife". The Press. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Humphries, Dr R N (May 2006). "Derwenthorpe, Osbaldwick, York : Proof of Evidence. Biodiversity (Nature Conservation)" (PDF). Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Planning permission granted for ‘Derwenthorpe’ - new community east of York" (Press release). Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 10 May 2007. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2007. 
  11. ^ "The Derwent Valley Light Railway". LNER Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Route 66". Sustrans. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "6 : route map" (PDF). First York. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "York successfully bids for £824k funding for nine electric buses" (Press release). City of York Council. 28 May 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.