Black Lives Matter

 

ChaCo is committed to diversity and inclusivity and supports all seeking justice for George Floyd and anyone who has lost their life to police brutality.

As part of the Chapeltown community, we believe in equality and equity, and recognise the structural and systemic racism that exists in the UK and all over the world.

Now more than ever we need to educate, engage and challenge – ourselves and others – in the struggle against racism.

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#educate

General M&E info

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M&E stands for Mechanical and Electrical, and covers all our heating, lighting, power and ventilation systems. We need to review the initial M&E info included in the architect’s layout drawings before they get passed over to the specialist M&E subcontractor to be worked up in more detail.

These drawings indicate the locations of:

  • 13 amp sockets
  • lights and switches
  • the boiler
  • radiators
  • ventilation inlets and outlets
  • smoke detectors

… and more.

The symbols used are not obvious to the layperson, so Jimm has kindly done a video walk-through of the plans for each of the house types, together with some notes.

If you have any questions or comments, please add them below. Thanks.

Walk-through

General kitchen info

Last call for comments

We need to sign off these kitchen layouts by 28th February, or we could incur additional delay and expense on the build. Please study these drawings carefully and if you have any questions or comments, post them here (not by email) as we want to make sure all the issues relating to this kitchen type are kept together on this page. Thanks.

NB: Selection of finish options and upgrades will come later. At this stage, we just need to agree the layouts.

General

All kitchens are supplied by Howdens from their Greenwich range. Bill has a small selection of their metal handles and sample finishes for cupboard doors and round-edge worktops. Call round sometime if you’d like to take a look. Or – better still – call in at the Howdens Depot on Sheepscar Street South – just half a mile from ChaCo. There you’ll be able to see the finished products in the flesh. Update 21.2.20: I called in to Howdens today and, sadly, they don’t really have any showroom space – just an office with a selection of samples. Probably not worth visiting unless you have a specific question or know exactly what you want to look at.

Howdens Brochure

General kitchen info

So much to do, so little time

As we enter our final year prior to moving in, the mountain of things that need sorting seems unscalable. As well as the number of person-hours required and the challenges of getting these shared out equitably among members, they all involve lots of decisions and this is where things start getting really tricky.

We have lots of decisions to make.
All ChaCo decisions are made (or possibly delegated) by the General Meeting.
General Meetings are usually one a month and last around two hours.
Decision-making is by consent – which takes time if done properly.
Rushed decisions are often bad decisions – and even when they’re not, members may still feel they’ve been rail-roaded, with little opportunity to understand the issues, listen to others or air their own concerns. Too much of this can weaken the bonds of trust holding the community together.

Major decisions may require

Website improvements

Like the proverbial painting of the Forth Bridge this is a task that’s never complete. (Although apparently the cliché no longer applies to the actual Forth Bridge.) ChaCo is continually evolving and somehow our website needs to keep up. We’ll always need people to check that it’s up to date, telling the truth, and saying what needs to be said.

English, not code

It’s often assumed that work on the website needs specialist geek skills. It’s true that editing posts and pages requires a bit of IT know-how – but it’s probably easier to learn than (say) Microsoft Word. The main point, however, is that the most important skills required are (a) evaluating whether a page is doing it’s job and (b) being able to write copy that communicates effectively. If you can do that, the only IT skills you need are the ability to browse a website and send an email.

But I don’t know ChaCo well enough!

If you’re new to ChaCo or there are aspects that you just don’t understand… Congratulations! You are probably in the best position to judge whether the website is doing its job of explaining things clearly. Its purpose is to provide answers for people with lots of questions about ChaCo – and “experts” often find it very hard to see things from a beginner’s point of view.

However, you will need enough courage and honesty to be able to admit there are things you don’t understand and point out where the website explanations are missing or just not helping. Or maybe you struggle to find your way around the site. Unless you tell us, it’s unlikely that things will improve – for you or anyone else.

Where to start: FAQs

If you’re a beginner you’ll have loads of questions, and some of these probably ought to be added to our Frequently Asked Questions page. Make a list of the things you want to know and email them to .

The quickest way of finding the corresponding answers is probably to ask several Full Members until you find some who can explain things in a way that makes sense to you. But then don’t just keep your new-found knowledge to yourself: have a go at writing a brief, simple answer that will help others as well – and email it through to us.

Going further

Constructive feedback on any of our communications is always welcome. And if you’re keen to help us do better in this area, you could come along to a meeting of the Communications task group to find out more. If you’re interested in learning how to edit the content of the website yourself, training can be provided. Just get in touch: .

Home top breakthrough

We start the build!

Chapeltown residents are building 29 new affordable, low-energy homes with shared facilities and gardens and a diverse, intentional cohousing community grown from the local area.

  • Design homes and neighbourhood
  • Achieve planning permission
  • Viable £5.3m business plan
  • Purchase site
  • Start the build

This is community-led housing in action. At least two-thirds of the residents will come from Chapeltown. We are also working hard to make sure that the group reflects the diversity of the local area in terms of age, ethnicity and wealth.

We’re now looking for community-minded local people to fill our last few homes. If you’re up for putting in the work to make this project a success, get in touch.


Vote for us here. Quick’n’easy.

Shared Ownership homes available

We currently have the following Shared Ownership homes available for people who meet our membership criteria.

Items with a grey background indicate homes provisionally reserved for our existing Prospective Members – but, as yet, we have not allocated them.

Please note that prices and rents may change following revaluation a few months before we move in. There is also a monthly income-related “Common House Contribution” to cover the costs of the shared facilities.

See this page for Rented homes.

  • Plot 7

    3-bedroom duplex
    12 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Roundhay Road.
    Access via stairs front and back, with 1-bedroom flat beneath.
    Floor area: 90m2

    Shared Ownership 30%
    £42,000 + £461 per month

    NB: Purchaser must be eligible for Help to Buy: Shared Ownership scheme.

  • Plot 8

    3-bedroom duplex
    13 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Roundhay Road.
    Access via stairs front and back, with 1-bedroom flat beneath.
    Floor area: 90m2

    Shared Ownership 95%
    £133,000 + £33 per month

  • Plot 23

    3-bedroom duplex
    28 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Barrack Road.
    Access via stairs front and back, with 1-bedroom flat beneath.
    Floor area: 90m2

    Shared Ownership 30%
    £42,000 + £461 per month

    NB: Purchaser must be eligible for Help to Buy: Shared Ownership scheme.

 

Rented homes available

We currently have the following rented homes available for people who meet our membership criteria.

Items with a grey background indicate homes provisionally reserved for our existing Prospective Members – but, as yet, we have not allocated them.

Please note that rents may change following revaluation a few months before we move in. There is also a monthly income-related “Common House Contribution” to cover the costs of the shared facilities.

See this page for Shared Ownership homes.

  • Plot 1

    5-bedroom shared house: 4 single rooms remaining
    6 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Roundhay Road.
    Direct ground-level access front and back.

    Rented
    £271 per month
    per room

  • Plot 2

    4-bedroom house
    7 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Roundhay Road.
    Direct ground-level access front and back.
    Floor area: 127m2

    Rented
    £712 per month

  • Plot 6

    1-bedroom flat
    11 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Roundhay Road.
    Direct ground-level access front and back, with duplex above.
    Floor area: 40m2

    Rented
    £437 per month

  • Plot 14

    1-bedroom flat
    19 Leopold Park Road, Leeds, LS7 4AX
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, at the corner of Roundhay Road and Barrack Road.
    Direct ground-level access front and back, with duplex above.
    Floor area: 40m2

    Rented
    £437 per month

 

Home top 2020

 

Lord Mayor Cllr Eileen Taylor at our stonelaying ceremony. Photo Barry White

Countdown to moving day

Less than a year till we start our new life together, and there’s so much work to do!

  • We’ve still got a few shared-ownership 3-bedroom family homes available. Do you know any community-minded people from Harehills or Chapeltown who might like to join us?
  • We’ve also had a number of people asking if they can join our amazing band of investor supporters. The wait is over: we’ve just launched our 3rd Loanstock Offer and are looking to raise £135,000 to top up our funding. Full details here.

Rented homes available

Rented homes available

  • 4x single rooms in shared house. £271/m
  • 2x 1-bed flat. £437/m
  • 1x 4-bed house. £712/m

Are you ready for co-op living?