YorSpace, York’s first community led housing project, has received planning permission for 19 new eco-homes on an 11-acre site that has been derelict since 2007.
The community-led homes, which will be constructed out of sustainable materials including straw bales, are part of a bigger development to build 165 homes on the plot.
Central to YorSpace’s plans are creating an environment that encourages social interaction and where residents live more sustainably. The site will feature several shared spaces, including growing spaces, a laundrette, and a workshop with tools and cleaning supplies. At the heart of the homes, there will be a common house for residents to socialise and hold community events.
YorSpace operates on a mutual home ownership model. The residents will become shareholders in the co-operative society, and then, in turn, the co-operative society will build and own the properties. This enables the homes to be sold at cost, which is about 25% below market value and will continue to keep the houses affordable for future generations.
Work is set to begin in early 2019 and should be completed in early 2020. Currently, 120 people have signed up to live in the community, ranging in age from 2 to 80. More information about YorSpace can be found at their website, http://yorspace.org/.
Tom Chance, Director at the National CLT Network, said:
“YorSpace is an exciting project which is embracing many community led housing elements. They’re a co-operative that is adopting cohousing principles and on top of that, they’re making sure the homes are kept affordable for future generations.
“YorSpace is well on its way towards providing the first community led housing in York. They have recently joined NCLTN as a member and are looking at using a CLT model. Alongside the 300 other CLTs in England and Wales, they are pioneers in this growing movement to build affordable homes that local people want and need. Congratulations to all involved!”