In 2017, Spanton was commissioned by Space2 to develop a scoping report on the possibilities for community economic development (CED) in Gipton, Leeds.
Space2 has recently located into a new community building Gipton Fire Station. The report set out to inspire this arts, health, wellbeing and community development-focussed organisation, which has been working in the area for over 15 years, to investigate the potential value of engaging in CED activity to support social, economic and environmental resilience and change.
The research and report identified the aspects of Space2’s programme which already overlap with a CED approach, and undertook a place-based asset mapping activity with local people, outlining an action plan for developing a programme to initiate and implement a CED strategy in Gipton. Space2 and Waymarking are working together to seek funding to develop this work.