Yesterday I visited an oasis in Bramley, West Leeds. After a mini bus ride over from Liverpool all of us there got off the bus to be greeted by this.
Craig is an architect and an expert on straw bale construction, and co-designed what we’re seeing today with the members of the community.
We’re spending the day together gathering learning for their Community Land Trust. Liverpool City Council have decided that the row of terraced houses next to Homebaked are going to be demolished and so they’re now gathering design ideas and architectural knowledge to design something new next to their Community Bakery. We’ve all been to a series of design events in Homebaked over the last few weeks, and now we wanted to come out and see some of the realities of community led design for ourselves.
They car share and have it written into their constitution that at no time will they own more than ten cars between them.
This is their shared space where they meet, work, hold social gatherings, have space for guests to stay over, do their laundry, collect their post and store their shared tools.
There is one collective mortgage on the whole place. Again, details on the Lilac website. But we were intrigued to find that they have an agreement that should people move out the value of their equity at that point won’t be about how the market value has increased, but how median earnings in Leeds are doing. Again ensuring that people who join Lilac will share their communal ethics.
As we’re going into the house, and unknown to us, we’re being watched by the angels in the architecture. One of them cries out to the rest ‘They’re all going into your house!’