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Masterplanning a new community: Designs for a new town extension in York

Learning the lessons of the twentieth century in designing housing developments for the twenty-first

Written by:
Les Sparks, Kelvin MacDonald, Lord Best and Peter Marcus
Date published:

Drawing on its own research into housing and social wellbeing, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation proposed a new community on the edge of York, developed in partnership with the City of York Council – almost 100 years on from the development of Joseph Rowntree’s own garden village of New Earswick, York. The story of the masterplanning process is told in this web book featuring the four competing masterplans that were commissioned. All the plans, diagrams and illustrations are available in full colour, and there are additional chapters arguing the case for masterplanning, describing the intensive consultation with the local community,and commenting on the ideas put forward in the masterplans.

Available in electronic format only. The full publication can be downloaded by clicking on the link to the right. Please note that the publication is in Adobe Acrobat version 5 format and is a large document so will take a long time to download. Note: In order to view this publication you will need the latest version of Adobe's Acrobat Reader software; this is available free from


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