YorSpace is a group of York residents who believe that there must be a better way to address the issue of unaffordable house prices and constantly rising rents in their city. The group have all benefited from York’s unique sense of community, but all find ourselves significantly challenged by its relative unaffordability.
Brought together by a shared desire to help put an end to this problem, the group is made up of friends and neighbours with a variety of backgrounds and whose professional experience includes everything from architecture and bioscience to writing and film-making.
About Our Project
The YorSpace project aims to help local people find a way onto the housing ladder by developing a site in York into low-cost, environmentally friendly housing along cohousing principles, providing homes for those in housing need, a connection to the city, and a desire to be part of a proactive and close-knit community.
YorSpace believes that community and environmental sustainability should be at the heart of housing development and that the people best placed to deliver local housing are local residents themselves.
We can address the growing affordability gap in the UK housing market with an innovative, cooperative, mutual home ownership model. Bringing together support from the wider community we will provide environmentally sustainable, cooperatively owned, low cost homes to a diverse group of families and individuals who share a desire to live, work and belong in York.
For a flavour of what drives our core team, please see local press release “We can fix city’s housing crisis by putting community before profit” – a feature on YorSpace members discussing why we formed and what are plans were in 2015. Link HERE.