Housing Minister and Kevin McCloud visit LILAC

Ed Jones ed at acrewoods.net
Mon Apr 8 12:08:17 BST 2013

Housing Minister and Kevin McCloud visit LILAC1st April 2013

Kevin McCloud, the government’s self build champion and Mark Prisk,
Minister for Housing and Local Government visited LILAC in Leeds, being
built by Lindum, on Thursday 28th March.

LILAC members where able to show the high profile visitors around a number
of the new homes, built from straw bales and timber, and discuss their
model for successful mutual home ownership.

During the visit the Minister announced measures to help more community led
projects and talked about making public sector land available to support
self build projects.

Whilst acknowledging the difficulties that any self build projects face,
Kevin McCloud concluded that, in his opinion, the rewards for building a
community which shared spaces and resources means it has to be the way
forward in the future’.

Before leaving, Mark Prisk and Kevin McCloud helped LILAC members plant
their first new tree in the garden next to the ‘common house’ and, after
they departed, the first residents moved into their new homes.

LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is a pioneering project to
build a community of 20 homes and a common house, to high ecological
standards, using cohousing design principles. The site in Bramley, west
Leeds, is owned and managed by Lilac Mutual Home Ownership Society.

Photographs above show (from left to right) 1. Paul Chatterton of LILAC
talking to Housing Minister Mark Prisk, Simon Chan, Design
Co-Ordinator from Lindum and Kevin McCloud. 2. Housing Minister Mark Prisk
and Kevin McCloud helping LILAC members plant their tree. 3. Lindum Team
Bob Bates, Herman Kok, Gary Price, Matthew Meanwell next to Kevin McCloud
with Simon Chan and John Howard.
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