2006 LILAC began with a group of five Leeds residents, interested in the idea of building their own homes so they could live and bring up their children in a different way.

2009 After 3 years of intensive research and planning with help from additional members, they set up Lilac Mutual Home Ownership Society Ltd (MHOS) as a registered Co-operative Society.


020412d_12012 Building commenced after the group (now much bigger) procured a builder and architect and raised development capital. The build, comprising strawbale houses and blocks of flats, a central Common House (with shared post room, kitchen, dining room, multifunction rooms, office, workshop and laundry facilities), bike sheds, a pond, allotments and communal gardens and play area.

2013 Building was completed and the first wave of residents moved in, May 2013.