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.

We have a number of Prospective Members already interested in some of these homes – 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 6

    3-bedroom duplex
    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 25%
    £35,000 + £494 per month

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

  • Plot 8

    3-bedroom duplex
    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 18

    4-bedroom house
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Barrack Road.
    Direct ground-level access front and back.
    Floor area: 127m2

    Shared Ownership 25%
    £43,750 + £534 per month

  • Plot 22

    1-bedroom flat
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Barrack Road.
    Direct ground-level access front and back, with duplex above.
    Floor area: 40m2

    Shared Ownership 50%
    £37,500 + £219 per month

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

  • Plot 23

    3-bedroom duplex
    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.

  • Plot 27

    2-bedroom duplex
    Located over the Common House.
    Access via stairs front and back.
    Floor area: 70m2

    Shared Ownership 25%
    £28,750 + £399 per month

Rented homes available

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

We have a number of Prospective Members already interested in some of these homes – 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

    Shared house: 4 single rooms remaining
    Located in the main ChaCo terrace, facing Roundhay Road.

    Rented
    £271 per month

  • Plot 11

    1-bedroom flat
    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

  • Plot 17

    1-bedroom flat
    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 2019

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.


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?

Shared Ownership homes available

Shared Ownership homes available

  • 1x 2-bed duplex. 25% £28,750 + £399/m
  • 1x 3-bed duplex. 25% £35,000 + £494/m
  • 1x 3-bed duplex. 95% £133,000 + £33/m
  • 1x 4-bed house. 25% £43,750 + £534/m
  • 1x 4-bed house. 95% £166,250 + £36/m

Are you ready for co-op living?

Thank you weekend: 5-6 April 2019

We’d like to say a big Thank You to all our Friends, Investors and Supporters for helping us get this far. At last, it’s all coming together!
 

 
Download the flyer here.

New

Decision log

First attempt. Will need to be able to produce hard copy version.

General Meeting 10/1/19

Governance: continue for now with fortnightly Hub meetings 6.30pm Thursdays at 39 Grange Avenue. But concerns about excluding those who can’t do this time and about concentrating too much power in a small group of people. Review in 2 months (March 2019).

Decision log: Hub group to maintain this.