Thursday 10th May 2012. 10am – 5pm

School of Geography, University of Leeds. University Road. Leeds. LS2 9JT.

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Lilac stands for Low Impact Living Affordable Community. It is a member-led co-operative housing society building the UK’s first affordable, cohousing community in Leeds. We are using a cohousing design approach to build 20 houses and a common house from strawbale and timber through a prefabricated product called Modcell.


Lilac is hosting a day to share its learning to help other similar projects develop their ideas into reality. This day is aimed at those who wish to set up housing projects who have an emphasis on being - community-focused, low impact, co-operative, affordable, member-led, mutual.


Topics in the morning will include:


  • The Lilac project in brief so far – key milestones, challenges, successes

  • How to go about finding land

  • Options for financing your project

  • Developing good group process and making decisions collectively

  • Attracting members

  • The Project Manager and what they will do for you

  • The Quantity Surveyor and what they will do for you

  • The Solicitor and dealing with legal issues

  • Ways forward, networking and supporting projects


Additional topics will be covered in the afternoon reflecting the interests of participants. Please use the form below to state the topics you would like to see covered (for example Lilac’s Mutual Home Ownership model, Lilac’s environmental strategy, grant finding, what is cohousing, the role of a common house).


To Book your place

Places are limited to 30 participants. Book your place now!

Places cost £10 per person to cover lunch and refreshments.

To book your place please send a cheque for £10 payable to ‘The University of Leeds’ and the form on the next page to:


Paul Chatterton, School of Geography, University of Leeds, University Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT.


For further information about the day contact:

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Booking Form. Learning from Lilac workshop. May 10th 2012






Contact details: (phone/email):



Name of your project:



Website (if applicable):



Short description of your project (if applicable):




Please state topics or questions you would like to discuss in the afternoon:





Any other requirements on the day (please note lunch will be vegetarian and the venue is fully accessible):

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