Setting

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The view from our front door – with St James’ Hospital on the horizon

Statistically* it’s one of the most deprived areas of the country – but Chapeltown’s real wealth lies in its diverse and distinctive population. This is our home, we’ve lived here for decades and our experience is of a wonderfully diverse and vibrant area full of people who want to make things happen and want to take control of improving their lives.

We believe cohousing is one way of creating a local neighbourhood that works.

  • A diverse and supportive community
  • A place that brings together families and single people across generations
  • Affordable, low-energy housing that residents help to design
  • Plenty of green space, with room for playing, relaxing and food-growing
  • Excellent shared facilities for the whole community
  • A safe place for the kids to play
  • Shared responsibility for community decisions
  • Easy access to a bookable car-club vehicle.

Cohousing is more than just a nice idea. It’s a conscious attempt to find a better way of living – better for ourselves, our neighbours, our society and our planet.

One of the main motivations behind those of us currently involved in Chapeltown Cohousing is the desire to be part of a genuinely caring community, where neighbours are looking out for each other and enjoying doing things together.

The site

ChaCo is currently in the process of acquiring a 1 hectare site from Leeds City Council, who are supportive of the idea of a second cohousing project in Leeds, following the success of the award-winning Lilac cohousing in Bramley, which launched in 2013.

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Here’s what we’ve currently got planned for the site, but details will inevitably change as we get a clearer idea of the build costs. ChaCo will occupy the area to the left (west) of Frankland Place, while the area to the right will be additional housing.


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Statistics

According to the Indices of Deprivation 2015 explorer, ChaCo lies in one of the top 3% most deprived areas of the country. To use this tool, enter Leeds LS7 4AA into the Location field.
Key statistics from the 2011 Census are available here.