Armley residents encouraged to get involved in people-powered homes

The site of the community-led housing development in Mistress Lane

Residents in Armley are being encouraged to get involved in a project to create people-powered homes in the area.

Leeds Community Homes (LCH) is a not-for-profit organisation that uses people power to create homes that people can afford to buy or rent.

Last year it raised £360,000 from people across Leeds to put towards its first 16 homes in the centre of Leeds.

It is now hoping to turn land on Mistress Lane in Armley into affordable homes – but needs Armley people to get involved in the project.

LCH director Gill Coupland said:

“The council recently approached us to see if we might be able to build some homes there. We’ve sketched out a few initial plans, and we certainly think there’s potential to build some homes that will add something different to Armley. But it’s a difficult site on a slope and to make it work, we need local people involved.

“We need to hear what local people think of the idea of building homes there, and what kind of homes they think are most needed.”

She said over the next few months LCH will need to find a small group of local people who are interested in working alongside them.

A consultation event in Armley is scheduled within the next couple of months but in the meantime LCH are talking to people over coffee and tea.

Gill is also encouraging people to join in the conversation on the LCH Armley project Facebook page.

LCH is a community land trust (CLT) launched in November 2015 with the aim of building 1,000 community-led homes over the next 10 years.


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