Kris Hopkins MP praises Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust's vision in creating Derwenthorpe in York

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, left, chats with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's director of development Nigel Ingram, during the tour of Derwenthorpe.

One of the homes at Derwenthorpe

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A GOVERNMENT MInister has praised the 'vision and determination' of a York housing trust in creating Derwenthorpe.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP visited the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust's 500-home development on York's eastern outskirts yesterday , speaking to residents, Trust board members and representatives of developers David Wilson Homes and Richard Partington Architects.

He also toured the site, calling in at the 'Super Sustainable Centre,' which provides heating and hot water to residents through the burning of biomass fuel as well as acting as a meeting place for residents, businesses, schools and local groups.

He told The Press later: "It's been very cleverly designed and I take my hat off to the architect. "

He said that when he had met two residents, they had been 'so chuffed' and proud about their home. "That has got to be the test," he said.

"The trust had the vision to put some of the infrastructure in place and I know there has been a lot of challenge from the community but I think that engagement from the trust and that investment will pay dividends in the future. There is great public realm, green space, a play area."

Asked if he needed more schemes like Derwenthorpes to be built across the country to counter the housing crisis, he said: "What I need is local authorities and trusts like the Rowntree Trust to offer leadership and have the vision to shape spaces.

"You can with vision and determination create an amazing space like this. We do need lots of houses but you can be creative about it. You look at the shape of these houses and the size and the efficiency associated with it and you see they have an important contribution to make.

"I am sure lots of communities would like this and it is really impressive, creative thinking that has delivered it."

Nigel Ingram, director for development and asset management at the trust, said: “We are proud to showcase how this development is providing much-needed family homes in York, as well as demonstrating how high-quality homes can be built in a way that benefits a wide variety of families, the current environment and is resilient to future challenges posed by climate change.”

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3:07pm Sat 26 Apr 14

janice gray says...

I was involved in the very first meeting, on a wet Saturday afternoon in September 1999, in Metcalfe Lane, and also took part in the meetings which were held regularly. Never thought the houses would ever get built as there was quite a bit of opposition to it in the early days.
I was involved in the very first meeting, on a wet Saturday afternoon in September 1999, in Metcalfe Lane, and also took part in the meetings which were held regularly. Never thought the houses would ever get built as there was quite a bit of opposition to it in the early days. janice gray
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3:59pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

"Asked if he needed more schemes like Derwenthorpes to be built across the country to counter the housing crisis, he said: "What I need is local authorities and trusts like the Rowntree Trust to offer leadership and have the vision to shape spaces...."


Easy when York Council sold land owned by us all for a massive discount to OMV. JRHT paid £5.65m, which is around £15-20m below OMV.

The minister failed to realise that only 40% of the homes are affordable, with Barratt subsidiary DWH having done a deal to buy the land from JRT for the other 60% private housing. In effect, JRHT will get their housing for next to nothing - a clever way of this 'charity' asset stripping the council.
[quote] "Asked if he needed more schemes like Derwenthorpes to be built across the country to counter the housing crisis, he said: "What I need is local authorities and trusts like the Rowntree Trust to offer leadership and have the vision to shape spaces...." [/quote] Easy when York Council sold land owned by us all for a massive discount to OMV. JRHT paid £5.65m, which is around £15-20m below OMV. The minister failed to realise that only 40% of the homes are affordable, with Barratt subsidiary DWH having done a deal to buy the land from JRT for the other 60% private housing. In effect, JRHT will get their housing for next to nothing - a clever way of this 'charity' asset stripping the council. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -96

4:01pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

Guess who Housing Minister Kris Hopkins ex-wife is?
Guess who Housing Minister Kris Hopkins ex-wife is? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -67

4:20pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
"Asked if he needed more schemes like Derwenthorpes to be built across the country to counter the housing crisis, he said: "What I need is local authorities and trusts like the Rowntree Trust to offer leadership and have the vision to shape spaces...."
Easy when York Council sold land owned by us all for a massive discount to OMV. JRHT paid £5.65m, which is around £15-20m below OMV. The minister failed to realise that only 40% of the homes are affordable, with Barratt subsidiary DWH having done a deal to buy the land from JRT for the other 60% private housing. In effect, JRHT will get their housing for next to nothing - a clever way of this 'charity' asset stripping the council.
Haha now -101.... get a life you loser!!!
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote] "Asked if he needed more schemes like Derwenthorpes to be built across the country to counter the housing crisis, he said: "What I need is local authorities and trusts like the Rowntree Trust to offer leadership and have the vision to shape spaces...." [/quote] Easy when York Council sold land owned by us all for a massive discount to OMV. JRHT paid £5.65m, which is around £15-20m below OMV. The minister failed to realise that only 40% of the homes are affordable, with Barratt subsidiary DWH having done a deal to buy the land from JRT for the other 60% private housing. In effect, JRHT will get their housing for next to nothing - a clever way of this 'charity' asset stripping the council.[/p][/quote]Haha now -101.... get a life you loser!!! Badgers Drift
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4:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
Guess who Housing Minister Kris Hopkins ex-wife is?
I'll give you a clue, she used to work for Bradford Council, when Kris Hopkins was leader of that council.

It's a secret that they both try very hard to hide, but, many councillors at York know the truth.
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: Guess who Housing Minister Kris Hopkins ex-wife is?[/p][/quote]I'll give you a clue, she used to work for Bradford Council, when Kris Hopkins was leader of that council. It's a secret that they both try very hard to hide, but, many councillors at York know the truth. Badgers Drift
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4:39pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

A couple of weeks ago Labour's shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds visited Derwenthorpe and was accompanied by two York Labour councillors.

Why weren't any councillors present when the Housing Minister visited?
A couple of weeks ago Labour's shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds visited Derwenthorpe and was accompanied by two York Labour councillors. Why weren't any councillors present when the Housing Minister visited? Badgers Drift
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4:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

According to Kristan Frederick Hopkins wiki entry...

Before his election to Parliament, Hopkins had been a member of Bradford Council since 1998, rising to become the council's deputy leader in 2004 and leader in 2006.

In October 2013 he was appointed Minister for Housing.

Hopkins was described by Nadine Dorries (on her Twitter account) as "one of parliament's slimiest, nastiest MP's"; she also criticized Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to promote Hopkins to a junior ministerial post within the Department for Communities and Local Government as "a really awful decision".


Interesting stuff!!!
According to Kristan Frederick Hopkins wiki entry... [quote] Before his election to Parliament, Hopkins had been a member of Bradford Council since 1998, rising to become the council's deputy leader in 2004 and leader in 2006. In October 2013 he was appointed Minister for Housing.[7] Hopkins was described by Nadine Dorries (on her Twitter account) as "one of parliament's slimiest, nastiest MP's"; she also criticized Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to promote Hopkins to a junior ministerial post within the Department for Communities and Local Government as "a really awful decision". [/quote] Interesting stuff!!! Badgers Drift
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5:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

bjb says...

Crabtree strikes again. How long before he starts talking to himself switching aliases.
Crabtree strikes again. How long before he starts talking to himself switching aliases. bjb
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9:33pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Tug job says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
According to Kristan Frederick Hopkins wiki entry...

Before his election to Parliament, Hopkins had been a member of Bradford Council since 1998, rising to become the council's deputy leader in 2004 and leader in 2006.

In October 2013 he was appointed Minister for Housing.

Hopkins was described by Nadine Dorries (on her Twitter account) as "one of parliament's slimiest, nastiest MP's"; she also criticized Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to promote Hopkins to a junior ministerial post within the Department for Communities and Local Government as "a really awful decision".


Interesting stuff!!!
Only if you are obsessed.
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: According to Kristan Frederick Hopkins wiki entry... [quote] Before his election to Parliament, Hopkins had been a member of Bradford Council since 1998, rising to become the council's deputy leader in 2004 and leader in 2006. In October 2013 he was appointed Minister for Housing.[7] Hopkins was described by Nadine Dorries (on her Twitter account) as "one of parliament's slimiest, nastiest MP's"; she also criticized Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to promote Hopkins to a junior ministerial post within the Department for Communities and Local Government as "a really awful decision". [/quote] Interesting stuff!!![/p][/quote]Only if you are obsessed. Tug job
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1:33am Sun 27 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

bjb wrote:
Crabtree strikes again. How long before he starts talking to himself switching aliases.
Now that's obsession for you, Tug ;-)
[quote][p][bold]bjb[/bold] wrote: Crabtree strikes again. How long before he starts talking to himself switching aliases.[/p][/quote]Now that's obsession for you, Tug ;-) Badgers Drift
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9:25am Sun 27 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

how long before the social housing up there is full of immigrants? and the private housing is full of students and single parent families on housing benefits?
how long before the social housing up there is full of immigrants? and the private housing is full of students and single parent families on housing benefits? oi oi savaloy
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11:01am Sun 27 Apr 14

York2000 says...

oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done!
oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done! York2000
  • Score: 135

1:14pm Sun 27 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

York2000 wrote:
oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done!
That's fantastic! Where do I pick up my prize?

Also are you saying that the council have not allocated social housing to immigrants over indigenous population AND that students don't rent out from private landlords AND that York City council don't pay housing benefit to single parent families who also rent from private landlords???
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done![/p][/quote]That's fantastic! Where do I pick up my prize? Also are you saying that the council have not allocated social housing to immigrants over indigenous population AND that students don't rent out from private landlords AND that York City council don't pay housing benefit to single parent families who also rent from private landlords??? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -76

1:32pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

York2000 wrote:
oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done!
The Most Idiotic contributor is the mark-down retard :)))
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done![/p][/quote]The Most Idiotic contributor is the mark-down retard :))) Badgers Drift
  • Score: -52

1:37pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

What has happened to Phases 2 & 3 of Derwenthorpe ?

It's starting to look drab, as costs appear to have been cut, and the designs/details/mate
rials diluted.

Also, sales appear to be very poor. Looks like it's going wrong.... ?
What has happened to Phases 2 & 3 of Derwenthorpe ? It's starting to look drab, as costs appear to have been cut, and the designs/details/mate rials diluted. Also, sales appear to be very poor. Looks like it's going wrong.... ? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -27

10:32pm Sun 27 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

York2000 wrote:
oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done!
still waiting for my prize and answer?
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done![/p][/quote]still waiting for my prize and answer? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -19

10:35pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
York2000 wrote:
oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done!
The Most Idiotic contributor is the mark-down retard :)))
Minus two.
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: oi oi savaloy - You win the Most Idiotic Comments Contributor Prize on the Press website. Which is quite a feat, considering how many there are. Well done![/p][/quote]The Most Idiotic contributor is the mark-down retard :)))[/p][/quote]Minus two. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 2

7:45pm Mon 28 Apr 14

York2000 says...

Badgers Drift - You are right, the mark down retard is the biggest idiot.

oi oi savaloy - Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have had better things to do with my time over the weekend.

Firstly - Your prize - Well I guess your prize is being able to be hateful on the Press website comments threads. i mean, that is such a big man thing to do, isn't it? You could always pop to the Daily Mail comments threads for inspiration. They are fully of comments along the lines of immigrants and people on benefits hate hate hate.

Secondly - Your comment asking the question about houses going to immigrants, students and single mothers on benefits is just bizarre. Why would you want to post such distasteful, clichés on your local newspaper website? This is your hometown newspaper. Surely you want it to be a beacon of positivity, compassion and fairness?

Thirdly - Simply telling me I am part of the York Labour gang is cheap and pathetic. I am not part of York Labour. Simply dismissing people who question the bickering and arguing on this website as Labour is a very weak come back. I am one of a few people who have had enough of coming to this website and seeing it flooded with arguing, moaning, name calling, and general nastiness. The Lendal Bridge debacle has been a fiasco, the council al over the place, and I was as happy as the next person when the ban was dropped. But, when comments start to spread to non Council articles, including articles that are a positive story about our city - Then enough is enough.

I am sure deep down you love your city, as I do and would like to see the local newspaper website be a hub of celebrating our wonderful city, which means responsible reporting and a responsible response from readers. Unfortunately the politics reporters have worded articles on Lendal simply to anger the people already angry, to drive traffic to the website. I hope everyone can learn than this is not the way forward for a once great newspaper.
Badgers Drift - You are right, the mark down retard is the biggest idiot. oi oi savaloy - Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have had better things to do with my time over the weekend. Firstly - Your prize - Well I guess your prize is being able to be hateful on the Press website comments threads. i mean, that is such a big man thing to do, isn't it? You could always pop to the Daily Mail comments threads for inspiration. They are fully of comments along the lines of immigrants and people on benefits hate hate hate. Secondly - Your comment asking the question about houses going to immigrants, students and single mothers on benefits is just bizarre. Why would you want to post such distasteful, clichés on your local newspaper website? This is your hometown newspaper. Surely you want it to be a beacon of positivity, compassion and fairness? Thirdly - Simply telling me I am part of the York Labour gang is cheap and pathetic. I am not part of York Labour. Simply dismissing people who question the bickering and arguing on this website as Labour is a very weak come back. I am one of a few people who have had enough of coming to this website and seeing it flooded with arguing, moaning, name calling, and general nastiness. The Lendal Bridge debacle has been a fiasco, the council al over the place, and I was as happy as the next person when the ban was dropped. But, when comments start to spread to non Council articles, including articles that are a positive story about our city - Then enough is enough. I am sure deep down you love your city, as I do and would like to see the local newspaper website be a hub of celebrating our wonderful city, which means responsible reporting and a responsible response from readers. Unfortunately the politics reporters have worded articles on Lendal simply to anger the people already angry, to drive traffic to the website. I hope everyone can learn than this is not the way forward for a once great newspaper. York2000
  • Score: -40

7:50pm Mon 28 Apr 14

York2000 says...

oi oi savaloy - Spelling mistakes about - sincere apologies, I am using my phone. So much more difficult to type than a laptop.
oi oi savaloy - Spelling mistakes about - sincere apologies, I am using my phone. So much more difficult to type than a laptop. York2000
  • Score: -44

8:54pm Mon 28 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

York2000 wrote:
Badgers Drift - You are right, the mark down retard is the biggest idiot.

oi oi savaloy - Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have had better things to do with my time over the weekend.

Firstly - Your prize - Well I guess your prize is being able to be hateful on the Press website comments threads. i mean, that is such a big man thing to do, isn't it? You could always pop to the Daily Mail comments threads for inspiration. They are fully of comments along the lines of immigrants and people on benefits hate hate hate.

Secondly - Your comment asking the question about houses going to immigrants, students and single mothers on benefits is just bizarre. Why would you want to post such distasteful, clichés on your local newspaper website? This is your hometown newspaper. Surely you want it to be a beacon of positivity, compassion and fairness?

Thirdly - Simply telling me I am part of the York Labour gang is cheap and pathetic. I am not part of York Labour. Simply dismissing people who question the bickering and arguing on this website as Labour is a very weak come back. I am one of a few people who have had enough of coming to this website and seeing it flooded with arguing, moaning, name calling, and general nastiness. The Lendal Bridge debacle has been a fiasco, the council al over the place, and I was as happy as the next person when the ban was dropped. But, when comments start to spread to non Council articles, including articles that are a positive story about our city - Then enough is enough.

I am sure deep down you love your city, as I do and would like to see the local newspaper website be a hub of celebrating our wonderful city, which means responsible reporting and a responsible response from readers. Unfortunately the politics reporters have worded articles on Lendal simply to anger the people already angry, to drive traffic to the website. I hope everyone can learn than this is not the way forward for a once great newspaper.
firstly, there is no answer in your comment to my questions,secondly what is hateful about what i wrote? i am all for immigration (all be it a sensible controlled version)
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Badgers Drift - You are right, the mark down retard is the biggest idiot. oi oi savaloy - Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have had better things to do with my time over the weekend. Firstly - Your prize - Well I guess your prize is being able to be hateful on the Press website comments threads. i mean, that is such a big man thing to do, isn't it? You could always pop to the Daily Mail comments threads for inspiration. They are fully of comments along the lines of immigrants and people on benefits hate hate hate. Secondly - Your comment asking the question about houses going to immigrants, students and single mothers on benefits is just bizarre. Why would you want to post such distasteful, clichés on your local newspaper website? This is your hometown newspaper. Surely you want it to be a beacon of positivity, compassion and fairness? Thirdly - Simply telling me I am part of the York Labour gang is cheap and pathetic. I am not part of York Labour. Simply dismissing people who question the bickering and arguing on this website as Labour is a very weak come back. I am one of a few people who have had enough of coming to this website and seeing it flooded with arguing, moaning, name calling, and general nastiness. The Lendal Bridge debacle has been a fiasco, the council al over the place, and I was as happy as the next person when the ban was dropped. But, when comments start to spread to non Council articles, including articles that are a positive story about our city - Then enough is enough. I am sure deep down you love your city, as I do and would like to see the local newspaper website be a hub of celebrating our wonderful city, which means responsible reporting and a responsible response from readers. Unfortunately the politics reporters have worded articles on Lendal simply to anger the people already angry, to drive traffic to the website. I hope everyone can learn than this is not the way forward for a once great newspaper.[/p][/quote]firstly, there is no answer in your comment to my questions,secondly what is hateful about what i wrote? i am all for immigration (all be it a sensible controlled version) oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -42

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