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PRP to set the standard for housing with model new town near York

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One hundred years after the Joseph Rowntree Foundation created the garden-city village of New Earswick, it is seeking permission for a new model-town extension near York.

New Osbaldwick has been masterplanned by PRP Architects, which won the job through competition in 1999. And like its predecessor it will seek to set the standard for housing for the century to come.

PRP and Rowntree have lodged a planning application with City of York Council, and hope to complete phase one of the project, comprising 60 dwellings, by mid 2004. PRP will also establish the design framework for phase two, scheduled for 2005 and open to tender to other developers and architects.

Project manager at Rowntree Ian Atkinson said the project was linked 'philosophically' to the earlier garden city project 'in terms of trying to show there is a different way of proceeding with urban extension'.

Atkinson said he hoped it would be replicable on other sites, providing lessons for other developers on pedestrian priority, sustainability and mixed tenure, 'life-time homes'.

Atkinson admitted that there is a degree of sensitivity around the project, since it will be sited on greenfield land. But he said its positioning conforms to the charity's belief that successful sustainable communities should be sited on the edge of towns to take advantage of existing infrastructure, transport and community networks.

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