Lilac

Leeds, United Kingdom

  • Last updated: March 12, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: March 12, 2018

Mission Statement

Our Values:
Environmental sustainability
Grass-roots
Respect
Inclusive & Affordable
Inspiration & Resource for others
Diverse
Self-reliance
Learning
Safe & Healthy
Connected

Community Description

We are a cohousing community of 20 eco-build households in West Leeds. The homes and land are managed by residents through a Mutual Home Ownership Society, a pioneering financial model that ensures permanent affordability.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 20
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 35
  • Child Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We have regular “learning days” when people can visit. Check www.lilac.coop/learning/

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Buddhist, Catholic, Quaker, Atheist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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