Max Folkett

Postal Address
Lilac Grove
Victoria Park Avenue

Electronic Mail
07890 809143
World Wide Web
Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Low Impact, Affordable, Community
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Lilac means Low Impact Living Affordable Community. We are an affordable, urban co-housing development in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have a unique shared ownership model which is the first of its kind in the world. Our community consists of 20 private strawbale and timber eco-homes of different sizes, grouped around our shared common house and pond. Lilac is home to 33 adult members and 12 children, one dog, three cats, chickens and a lot of frogs. Our site is designed using co-housing principles with shared facilities in the middle such as our common house with its dining room for communal meals, parlour for films, games and meetings, and guest rooms. We also have a shared workshop, launderette, a large play area, and lots of shared green space, allotments and gardens. Our legal structure is a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) which is an equity based leaseholder scheme. The cost of the project is divided into equity shares which are allocated to members based on the size of their property and their income. The member buys their allocation of shares either on a monthly basis, in which case their payments are set at 35% of their net income, or in full on moving in. Members can take their equity with them on leaving, and the value of the equity shares is linked to average national earnings, ensuring the project remains affordable from one generation of residents to the next. We are committed to sharing our learning and model with other groups, and run regular study days and tours. Please see our website for details.

community does not share income
community requires capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community generates some of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community has organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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LILAC is currently looking for new members

No vaccancies at the moment  Do you want to live in a co-housing community? We are excited to announce that we are looking for a new member(s) to join our community in Kirkstall, 3 miles from Leeds city centre. This may be an individual, couple, family or someone wanting to share. The property available is a 2-bedroom flat on the ground floor. It has a small private back garden.LILAC stands for ‘Low Impact Living Affordable Community’. Built in 2013, we are 34 adults and 13 children living in 20 low impact straw bale homes. To reduce our environmental impact and create opportunities to socialise we have some shared facilities, including a separate ‘Common House’.We are a co-operative and a ‘Mutual Home Ownership Society’, meaning members own LILAC together. This innovative financial model aims to make housing affordable, forever. Find out more on our website Together we work to:• Nurture a supportive, kind and respectful community• Create a fun place to live• Share work and ideas openly, happily and equitably• Create agreements and processes that empower• Sustain an inclusive and affordable legal and financial model• Support each other in low impact living• Foster good relationships with the local neighbourhood• Maintain and develop a beautiful, productive, stimulating space• Engage with others to inspire solutions for a sustainable world• Encourage and welcoming diversity Interested? If you would like to apply you must:• Want to live in a community• Wholeheartedly support our vision, values and aims. You can explore for yourselves the range of ways LILAC members try to do this when you meet us• Be able to pay a deposit of £11,000 when you join us and meet other necessary financial criteria• Demonstrate that you could be ready to move within around 6-8 months• Fully engage with our recruitment process, so that we all get to know each otherSee our website for more information We would love you to come and see what LILAC is all about at our community day on Sunday 22 April from 11am. Please tell us if you plan to come.Then, if you think LILAC may be for you there will be an application day on the weekend of 5 and 6 May, which you must attend if you want to apply. The formal application deadline will be Friday 18 May. This will be followed by a 6 week ‘getting to know each other’ period, during which there will be an opportunity to attend a series of social events. If you are interested or have any questions, please E-Mail arrange an informal chat with one of our members. We look forward to meeting you!

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