Get Involved in Community Housing

YorSpace have been in the press today in a bid to get more people involved with our community led housing by commenting positively on the Lowfield planning application and details about how to become part of our team!

City of York Council submitted an outline planning application for 165 dwellings, a care home, health and public service building and associated green space, access and infrastructure on the former Lowfield School on Dijon Avenue in Acomb.

YorSpace’s vision to deliver low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable, community focussed homes is included as part of this submission!

The wheels are well and truly in motion now for York’s first cohousing project at Lowfield Green that will deliver 19 homes with a mix of 1 and 2 bed flats as well 2,3 & 4 bed houses.

The application was submitted on the 9th October and the application is due to be determined in early 2018… we’re calling on our supporters to visit the City of York website and leave positive comments about the inclusion of the Community Self Build plot that has been identified for YorSpace to develop.

If you could take the time to do this it would be greatly appreciated as it adds strength to our case that Community led housing is supported in the city.

You can comment by clicking to the link HERE

The deadline for comments is 15th November…. please do take the time to register your comments.

Click on image to link to see press release on YorSpace today.

“Lowfield Green is a real opportunity to diversify the market for housing in York. If people would like to be part of a forward-thinking, environmentally-conscious community and want to know more about our plans for Lowfield Green then please come and meet our team.”

Details to follow next week with more information on our meeting on 3rd December 2017!

Help deliver Community led housing at Lowfield Green!

Outline planning has just been submitted and here is our vision to deliver 19 low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable, community focussed homes at Lowfield Green in Acomb!

Press release here.

This is a really exciting time for YorSpace: our volunteer team is expanding and we need you!

If you’re interested and want to find out more please click here to find out more details!

Legal Advisor Volunteer needed!

YorSpace, we hope, is on the brink of achieving something really big. Our end goal — of building a series of practical, sustainable homes that will remain affordable forever — is going to benefit a lot of people and make people’s lives better.

YorSpace is looking for an enthusiastic and proactive person to join our rapidly growing team. You will be able to provide much-needed legal advice to the YorSpace team as we bring affordable, sustainable, community-minded living to York.

Drop us a line if you or someone you know might like to be one of them here: yorspacehousing@gmail.com

Essential skills & experience:

  • Good communication skills
  • Previous experience and/or knowledge of legal matters relating to running a business and/or property development
  • An interest in cohousing and commitment to York

Key responsibilities:

  • Asset management
  • Providing advice on contracts and legal matters
  • Liaise with YorSpace’s financial advisor, legal team and Solicitors
  • Ability to commit 4 hours per month to YorSpace activities
  • Ability to attend twice-monthly meetings
  • Feeding back to the YorSpace Lowfield Green development group

Financial Advisor Volunteer needed!

YorSpace, we hope, is on the brink of achieving something really big at Lowfield Green. Our end goal — of building a series of practical, sustainable homes that will remain affordable forever — is going to benefit a lot of people and make people’s lives better.

YorSpace is looking for an enthusiastic and proactive person to join our rapidly growing volunteer team. You will be able to provide much-needed financial advice to the YorSpace team as we bring affordable, sustainable, community-minded living to York.

Drop us a line if you or someone you know might like to be one of them here: yorspacehousing@gmail.com

Essential skills & experience:

  • Good communication skills
  • A good head for figures
  • Familiar with tax returns, company filing, book-keeping, etc
  • Confident user of spreadsheet software
  • An interest in cohousing and commitment to York

Key responsibilities:

  • Taking a lead role and advising on matters of a financial nature
  • Feeding back to the YorSpace Lowfield Green development group
  • Ability to commit 4 hours per month to YorSpace activities
  • Ability to attend twice-monthly meetings
  • Applying for grants where necessary

Get behind Community Led Housing at Lowfield Green!

City of York Council plans for Lowfield Green – click on image to comment.

Above are the latest plans that have been released by City of York Council for Lowfield Green. The Council are asking for comments on the latest revisions to the Lowfield Green development proposals – You can link to the Consultation documents and comment page by clicking the image.

Please click on the “comment on this page” button to add your comments of support – we are asking our supporters to tell the Council that there is support for the development and, most importantly, for the community self build plot with YorSpace as the prospective developer.

“Our site” is towards the South East corner of the plan next to the proposed Village Green.

Since January we have been working with Native Architects and Coho Ltd. to create an initial plan to help create a possible layout and business model to deliver our low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable, community housing scheme.

Currently we are planning to create 19 homes with a “common house” community building plus plenty of car free shared and private outdoor space. The plans have not been finalised and there is still lots of work to do but we are feeling confident that we are able to meet our aims here.

Please do take the time to comment, it would really help our case as we begin negotiations with City of York, as it shows the demand for our kind of approach to delivering housing in York! The deadline is 31st July 2017.

PechaKucha – Community Led Housing

YorSpace member James was invited to talk about his passion for Community Led Housing as part of The Arts Barge Project Pecha Kucha night hosted at The Angel on the Green on 18th July.

Talking about a different approach to housing… he outlines how he got interested in cohousing and talks about the group’s vision to create low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable homes that create and sustain community.

Check out a recording here:

What is Community Led Housing, then?

YorSpace hosted two public meetings on the 11th & 15th March. Our “What is Community Led Housing, then?” events were an opportunity for us to talk about community led housing in York to those who wanted to know more and to hear people’s views on our interest in the Lowfield Green development.

We spoke with people at Foxwood Community Centre and then at The Chill Cafe in Acomb – a big thank you to the venues for hosting and to those who came out and met with us!

It was great to see new as well as familiar faces over the two days – we really enjoyed talking through our vision for how housing can be delivered in York, answering questions on our model for delivery and our interest in Lowfield Green.

It was good to see recently signed up YorSpace members attending and learning more about our project and getting to know our team a bit better. We had our newly designed and printed leaflets out on display (Thanks to Phil for your time in pulling these together!).

We’re keen to keep meeting people in the Acomb area as we start to engage the local community to talk about our plans for Lowfield Green and share with your our thoughts on what we might deliver.

Interested people are encouraged to come along to meetings and sign up to become members – we are looking for prospective residents, investors or people who just want to show their support for our project!

Sign up and we’ll keep you posted on our upcoming meet ups!

YorSpace awarded Locality Funding!

YorSpace are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a £7k grant from Locality! The grant has been awarded as part of the Neighbourhood Planning and Community Buildings programme funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The money will go towards paying our professional team to develop drawings and costs in order for us to formulate a business model for YorSpace to deliver low cost, sustainable housing at Lowfield Green – details here on the York Press website.

A big thank you to Lyn Kesterton from Locality for her help and support during the application process. For more details on how Locality are helping community led housing projects like ours in York please visit the Locality website here.

YorSpace become Community Benefit Society

We are VERY excited to announce that we are officially a Co-op!

This status is the key ingredient to ensure that the homes we build will stay cooperatively owned and affordable in perpetuity!

A huge thank you to Laura Moss of Wrigleys Solicitors and Rebecca English of the FCA for working so hard to help us meet our deadline. We also thank Unltd and Louise Cannon for funding and supporting YorSpace!

We are now an open membership society. To learn more about becoming a member please visit our get involved page and get in touch!