VOLUNTEERS behind an ambitious bid to create community self-build housing in York are giving people chance to learn more and get involved.

YorSpace first launched its bid to create an alternative form of housing back in 2015, but their hopes took a major step forward when they were included in a City of York Council plan for the old Lowfield School site.

Now the group is holding an open meeting to give people chance to find out more, and learn about progress made recently.

The meeting will take place on Sunday, December 3 from 3pm onwards at The Black Swan pub on Peasholme Green.

The group’s James Newton said: “It’s an exciting time to get involved in the project.

“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.”

YorSpace already has around 70 members, he added, with around half already expressing an interest in living in the new development.

The meeting will give people chance to learn more about joining, or becoming residents.

Last month the city council submitted a planning application for the former school site.

It includes land for YorSpace as well as six other self-build plots, 96 houses, 26 bungalows and 16 apartments for people over 55, an 80 bed care home,and a new public park

YorSpace organisers have also urged people to show support for the scheme by commenting on the planning application on the council’s website.