LILAC means Low Impact Living Affordable Community. It is a member-led, not-for-profit Cooperative Society registered with Financial Services Authority. They are building a community of twenty beautiful homes in Bramley, west Leeds on an old school site. Their community will include a mix of one and two bed flats and three and four bed houses. Most will have private gardens, and the upper flats will have balconies. The homes will be self contained with kitchens, bathrooms and living space, and finished to a very high standard. A common house will form the heart of the community, offering shared facilities.
LILAC viewed from one of the apartments balcony - LILAC is committed to tackling climate change and reducing the environmental impact of our neighbourhood. We are using a system called ModCell® to build super-insulated houses to the highest ecological standards using straw and timber.
We aim to reduce the overall ecological footprint of the neighbourhood through positively changing the way the residents live and use energy, and interact in the community. The shared facilities in the common house will also reduce energy use and save money for residents.
The interior space of the LILAC homes are light and airy. Heating bills for a four bedroom apartment is less than £200 per annum.
Open spaces and shared facilities. The site design is based around a car-free home zone, communal gardens, beautiful green spaces, areas for growing food and ample cycle storage.
Buying a house has become almost out of reach for most people over the last decade. In response LILAC is pioneering a new affordability model in the form of a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) which is an equity based leaseholder scheme. An MHOS will ensure that the cost of the homes remains permanently affordable and doesn’t follow the extremes of the housing market.
The design of LILAC mixes private dwellings and shared facilities. The common house will include shared facilities like kitchen and dining area, laundry, multi-purpose room, guest room and workshop.