Lilac stands for Low Impact Living Affordable Community and is billed as the UK’s first affordable co-housing project Co-housing developments are built around community and sustainability but can they also be affordable? Susan Downer visits Lilac in Leeds to find out. The housing sector has a reputation for many things, but rarely is it lauded for its principles. Lilac, in Leeds, is an exception. To describe the 20 properties comprising Lilac as a housing initiative is to do it a disservice. Home to 35 adults and 10 children it is equally rooted in three core values: affordability, sustainability and community. Lilac stands for Low Impact Living Affordable Community and the values implicit in its name permeate everything from the straw bale walls of its houses to its solar and photovoltaic panels, communal house, public park, children’s play area and allotment gardens. Everything that can be shared … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Susan Downer
Susan Downer is a freelance journalist