See our Briefing Sheet on Community, below
LILAC isn’t just about building houses, it’s about building community. We want all residents to feel they are part of a strong, flourishing neighbourhood where they can directly participate and where their views matter.
The design of our site is intended to build community life. It is based around the Danish co-housing model: mixing people’s needs for their own space in private homes with shared facilities and encouraging social interaction. Our green spaces – allotments, pond, a shared garden and a children’s play area – are also important to community interaction. The common house is at the heart of the community, and includes communal cooking and eating facilities, laundry facilities, meeting space, play area, office and guest rooms. This building will be occasionally open to the wider community for events and access to facilities.
Food plays an important role in LILAC. In the Common House we have a shared kitchen and a pantry that we stock up regularly with food bought on bulk which off course reduces our food bills. We believe it’s important to try and keep the food for our shared meals affordable and sustainable. We meet twice a week to eat together in the Common House: the time we spend relaxing over our meals, or working together to produce them creates spaces to talk and share and build the links that help sustain our community. We also host a delivery hub for several cooperatives and smaller organic suppliers: members can get bread, whole foods, fruit and vegetables and diary products delivered to their door. We organise skills share workshops around food and learn new ways to source and prepare food.
Photo: Andy Lord