A HUGE development on the outskirts of York has won a major green award.

Phase One of the Derwenthorpe development also earned its designers two accolades at the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire Awards 2017.

When it is finished, the scheme is expected to include 489 eco-friendly and energy efficient homes.

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JHRT) is in charge of the development, which is being built by David Wilson Homes near Osbaldwick on the east of York.

It is expected to be finished next year and contains homes for renting, for buying and for shared ownership.

JHRT project manager Michael Jones said: "Derwenthorpe demonstrates how great design, combined with strong collaborative working with residents, community groups and business partners, can deliver a high quality affordable and sustainable community.

"We are delighted that this work has been recognised by RIBA and very much look forward to developing the next stages of the development.”

Derwenthorpe won the sustainability award at the ceremony, while designers Studio Partington and Adam Cornish won the architect and project architect awards respectively.

The judges' citation for Derwenthorpe included the words: "Its reach goes beyond the buildings into the consideration of the local environment, in terms of water usage, attenuation, biodiversity, as well as the types of spaces and amenities it provides for inhabitants.”

Phase Two of the scheme has been shortlisted for the York Design Award 2017.