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LILAC cohousing, Leeds

LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is a recent cohousing development in Bramley, west Leeds. See their web site.

It is a remarkable development for two reasons: the high quality of ecological design and the unique financial model adopted.

Green standards

The scheme of twenty households, built on the site of a former school includes […]

Community self build

self build houses in the Field of Dreams at the Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building.

There is a resurgence of community self build projects at the moment (also known as community custom build), most of which have a strong green flavour. […]

Cohousing

One of the most recent cohousing schemes to get off the ground is LILAC in Leeds. They are committed to ecologically sound building and have an interesting ownership structure,

The Lancaster Cohousing, which has also recently been completed, is documented on their blog and their web site home page

Recreating the village

Although very […]

Financing Community Self Build

Houses at Ashley Vale community self build

The government Homes and Communities Agency have recently announced it would be making up to £30m of funding available to provide short-term project finance to help unlock group custom build – or self-build – schemes. This is intended to be a ‘pump priming’ revolving fund and details […]