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Cohousing development potential

The Ramparts - Zero Carbon housing in Hastings

The Ramparts is an exemplary sustainable development, comprising seven zero carbon homes, a healing arts centre with associated shop and activity space.

This development is not currently designed specifically as a cohousing scheme but has the POTENTIAL to become one if linked to an existing forming cohousing group or if a group is formed for this purpose. There is space for a common house.

Many forming groups struggle to find land or sites with planning permission so this could be an opportunity to short cut some of the barriers.

Feedback: Land & Planning Learning Event for Community Builders

Land & Planning Learning Event – Presentations & Notes

One of the main obstacles holding up cohousing groups from progressing to the stage of building, is the difficulty in locating viable and affordable small building plots. This event was aimed at providing practical instruction on methods of searching for land, the first stages of assessing feasibility, understanding the opportunities in the new planning framework and the new community rights.

Thank you to the following presenters:

Mixed Tenure Cohousing

Most current developing cohousing communities are seeking to create developments that have a variety of tenure options including homes for affordable rent, market rent and to buy. Cohousing should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income. Groups are reviewing a number of routes to achieving this aspiration; including exploring Mutual Home Ownership, working with housing association partners and applying direct to the Homes and Communities Agency for grants under the Community Affordable Home Programme.