Paul Chatterton - LILAC - Leeds

  • Paul Chatterton - LILAC - Leeds

    buildingsPaul is a Leeds native and is now a University lecturer. Paul has helped set up a number of community organisations including a social centre, housing co-operative and resource centre. Paul wants to encourage community owned housing and inspire people to undertake sustainable development and tackle climate change.

    lilac-logoLILAC stand for 'Low Impact Living Affordable Community'. They are building a pioneering neighbourhood of 20 low impact affordable homes using co-housing design principles in Leeds. LILAC addresses three social problems. Firstly, it addresses the challenge of climate change and dependency on fossil fuels by developing low impact ways of living. This relates to the use of high performance building techniques and natural, local materials which reduces embodied energy use. It is also achieved by reducing the overall ecological footprint of the neighbourhood through positively changing the way residents live and interact in the community, for example through pooling resources in the common house. Secondly, it addresses to the problem of housing affordability. LILAC is a pioneer of a new affordability model in the form of a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) which is an equity based leaseholder scheme that guarantees affordability in perpetuity for its members. Thirdly, it addresses the need to build strong communities. LILAC is a pioneer of community living using the co-housing principles of design. The key principles are: participatory, member-led process that responds to local needs and skills members and wider community, site layout and design that intentionally foster community interaction, well being, safety, natural surveillance and inter-generational support and purposeful reduction and separation of car use.

    LILAC have acquired a site in Bramley, West Leeds which will be owned and managed by Lilac Mutual Home Ownership Society.  They aim to be on site in late 2011 with the homes complete in mid-late 2012. 18 out of the 20 homes they are building have already been allocated.
    Paul says that the HE SE Development Award he received was vital to the success of the project. It bought him the time he needed to leverage £200k investment and to make the idea a reality. Winning the Award raised his profile which led to an increase in the support he received from the University. It also meant that the University were able to highlight their staff as being Social Entrepreneurs. Paul has said that the contacts and networks made thanks to UnLtd have really helped the success of the project and he is now being supported to replicate the model across the UK.