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Jumping for joy – why now is the time to be ambitious for community-led housing!

Hopefully some of you may have read Catherine Harrington’s blog on the National Community Land Trust Network website? If not […]

Anna’s blog October 2017

It’s been a while since I last wrote, but October has had some real highlights that I felt I should […]

Latest conference news

National Community-Led Housing Conference Programme The national Community-Led Housing Conference is just around the corner, and we’re excited to be […]

2015 National Conference Retrospective: You Said It, We Did It Together!

Many of you may have attended the UKCN last national conference in Birmingham in November 2015. This was before I […]

More than a House

From shelter to house, from house to home and from home to a place to belong This is a guest […]

First-ever National Community-Led Housing Conference

We're excited to be holding the first-ever National Community-Led Housing Conference on 27 November in London. Book your tickets now!

Government Proposes Major Reforms to Leasehold

The Government recently proposed far-reaching reforms to leasehold housing in England, in a consultation paper published by the Department for […]

Cohousing on Channel 4!

Cohousing received prime-time TV coverage last night, with Phil Spencer showcasing Lilac, a Leeds-based cohousing community, on his Channel 4 […]

OWCH Triumph at the Housing Design Awards

We’re delighted to announce that a London-based cohousing scheme has scooped the top prize at a national awards ceremony. New […]

Join the campaign to protect the Community Housing Fund

Join our campaign to protect the £300m Community Housing Fund

New UK Cohousing web platform launch

Our new web platform has the same URL as our previous site https://cohousing.org.uk UK Cohousing is a new branding to […]

Write to your MP on the Community Housing Fund

Dear Members, As you know, just before Christmas the Government unveiled the £60 million annual Community Housing Fund. We’ve been […]

Get Involved With The European Cohousing Open Days – May 2017!

The UK Cohousing Network has again been invited to join in the European Cohousing Open Days in May 2017 with […]

Cannock Mill Cohousing – build go-ahead at last!

Cannock Mill Cohousing are delighted to announce they signed their building contract on Monday April 3rd with contractors Jerram Falkus […]

Potential opportunity for a cohousing project in central Cornwall

Cohousing groups know that the biggest challenge most of them will face is securing a suitable parcel of land on […]

Still Green New Year 2017 Update

We attracted several new and prospective members over the autumn. As well as our public event on January 21st, reflective […]

Anna’s Blog December 2016

The idea of cohousing is now understood and warmly thought of by many many more people thanks to the excellent […]

Register your group for land under the new ‘Right to Build’

New rules came into effect on 31 October 2016 which amended the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and implemented […]

Getting Active Fund : opportunity to set up free outdoor senior gym

UKCN has been contacted by a national charity called Good Business regarding free outdoor gym equipment for senior cohousing groups […]

Older women’s cohousing – They’ve moved in!

Hopefully you will have seen some of the brilliant television and media coverage.  We are ecstatically pleased that the OWCH (Older […]

Community-led housing networks agree formal collaboration

The National Community Land Trust Network, the UK Cohousing Network and CDS Co-operatives have agreed to collaborate formally on supporting […]

On the Brink – Our experience with Peer to Peer investment in our cohousing project

On the Brink is a new cohousing project in the Brincliffe/ Nether Edge area of Sheffield.  We have bought a […]

Anna’s Blog October 2016

It seems an age ago since writing the last blog and my amazingly hot and sunny camping break in the […]

Sussex Cohousing – meeting and workshops

We’re excited to share our passion for what we do, and how we do it, and our Sussex Cohousing events will […]

On the Brink update

On the Brink continue to surge ahead with their scheme in Sheffield not withstanding a slight delay caused by bats!  […]

Bronllys are seeking a sympathetic purchaser

Bronllys Well Being Park Steering Group are looking for a sympathetic purchaser to help them purchase the site close to the […]

Lilac ‘group support’ day 2017 – request for ideas

Lilac in Leeds have put out a request to anyone developing a similar low impact cohousing co-operative project to  fill out […]

Anna’s Blog September 2016

It feels like August has been a month of planning.  Following a really good meeting with the GLA in early […]

Big Issue Invest £10 million housing fund

Big Issue Invest (BII), in partnership with the GLA, have launched a London Housing Fund and has a pot of […]

Cooperative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN) – call for case studies

The CCIN is a non-party-political active hub for co-operative policy development, innovation and advocacy.  It is running a Commission on […]

UKCN AGM 2016

We are required by our company articles to hold a general meeting of the Members each calendar year as its […]

Telegraph article: Sixty, female and all living under one roof

This lovely article by Sally Williams from the Telegraph really captures the essence behind the OWCH team who are shortly […]

On the Brink Cohousing launches peer to peer investment vehicle

On the Brink continue to surge ahead with their scheme in Sheffield not withstanding a slight delay cause by bats!  […]

Big Issue Invest launches £10m London Housing Fund

With support from the Greater London Authority, Big Issue Invest has launched a new £10 million fund to finance the […]

Alternative housing development in London: Practices and possibilities

On Friday, 15 July 2016, LSE London hosted a one-day seminar about scaling up alternative housing development in London. With […]

Anna’s Blog – August 2016

On a sticky summer afternoon, we piled into a dark grand auditorium at the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) […]

On the Road – Samenhuizen Belgium tour of UK co-housing

Fiona Sielski Waters from Kent Co-Housing hitched a ride with the Samenhuizen Belgian group this June as they toured England […]

Call for evidence – CLT Network’s inquiry into new sources of housing supply

The Community Land Trust Network has been asked to lead a workstream on new sources of supply as part of […]

Cirencester Cohousing – garden party meeting!

Cirencester Cohousing are an Intergenerational group working to develop a cohousing community in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. They are planning a common […]

Older Women’s Cohousing Community wins Housing Design Award!

UKCN are delighted to announce that The Older Women’s Cohousing scheme, ‘New Ground Cohousing’, has won the prestigious Richard Feilden […]

Is community-led housing the answer to the need for more decent affordable homes in rural areas?

Rural Housing Week shines a spotlight on the need for more affordable, good quality housing across Yorkshire. Rural Action Yorkshire […]

Anna’s blog – July 2016

After almost three wonderful weeks travelling around France and living ‘en plein air’, enjoying several campsite shared meals with many […]

On the Brink: Peer to Peer investment scheme

On The Brink is a new cohousing community near the centre of Sheffield.  They have just launched their Peer to […]

Still Green and the great Passivhaus debate

How green is green?  Like many others active in cohousing, members of Still Green aspire to building and living in […]

Pioneering project in Colchester a step closer

A group of people planning ahead for their retirement moved a step closer this week to building a new community […]

New report ‘Cohousing: Shared Futures’

LSE London, UKCN and the ESRC Seminar Series partners launched their final report ‘Cohousing: Shared Futures’ in Parliament on the 22 June. […]

Update on Government Support to Community Housing

Keep a look out for an upcoming announcement on government plans to support the sector. A number of policy announcements […]

UKCN Board update

Following the call for nominations to join the UKCN Board, we are pleased to confirm that we have received the […]

UKCN Cookbook – Get Your Recipes Here

Have you checked out the first draft of the UKCN cookbook? Next time your group is looking for culinary inspiration […]

Maria Brenton – UKCN’s First Ambassador on Senior Cohousing

Statement from Stephen Hill – Chair of UK Cohousing Network. The next board meeting in July will be both a […]

Anna’s Blog – June 2016

Short version as I’m currently away in my camper van. Highlight of the month was the warm welcome I got […]

ESRC Seminar & Parliamentary Launch

The final seminar will take place on Tuesday 21st June, to be held at the London School of Economics (registration […]

ChaCo Loanstock Funding Launch

As the cohousing model continues to mature in the UK, groups are finding new ways to meet the financial challenges […]

Locality: Early Stage Support Programme

Funded by the Nationwide Foundation, this is a two year programme to help community groups in England in the critical […]

Aging Without Children Conference 2016

‘Building our Rainbow – practical inspiration for later life’ takes place in Selly Oak on Monday 27 June 2016 The day […]

Enabling Affordable Community Led Housing in North Yorkshire and East Riding

The Enabling Affordable Community Led Housing in North Yorkshire and East Riding project (the project) is being led by Rural […]

UK Co-housing Network cookbook

We are delighted to announce that we are putting together a UK Cohousing Network cookbook, so please will you send […]

Land, Community and Homes: Future Social Housing Debate

How self-commissioned housing could make Scotland better and more sociable – From Cohousing to Buildgroups, what’s happening and how they […]

Anna’s Blog – May 2016

Hello again, I’m gradually getting to learn more and more about cohousing and have really enjoyed speaking with and meeting […]

A Potted History of Cannock Mill – From Locos to Millers or from Dream to Business Plan

In a nutshell, going from a dream to the reality of cohousing is very much a story of chicken and […]

Malaga’s Sunny and Healthy Place for Seniors

We are looking for 45 people who would like to retire in Southern Spain. Situated in Casares, Malaga (Spain) with […]

Property for Sale & Rent

We recently introduced new features on the UKCN website, enabling member groups to advertise properties for sale and rent. Take […]

Community Led Habitat Awards & Meeting

Community led housing as a model of building communities is growing across the world. The UKCN is connecting with other […]

New Higher SDLT Rates

This article contributed by Wrigleys. ‘Thank you to everybody who responded to the Treasury on the proposed stamp duty land […]

Persons with Significant Control

This article contributed by Wrigleys. As you may be aware, on 6 April the Persons with Significant Control (PSC) regime […]

New Membership and Communications support services for UKCN

In our drive to become more self-sustaining, the Network is trialling a new way of having our support services provided […]

Right to Build Registers

On 1st April 2016 the new Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 came into force (this is not an April […]

Planning Progress for Scotland’s First Seniors’ Cohousing Project

Scotland’s first ever cohousing project for the over 55s has taken a step closer to bricks, mortar and build this […]

Get Involved With The European Intentional Community (EIC) Open Day – May 2016!

The UK Cohousing Network has been invited to join in the European Intentional Community Open Day in May 2016 with […]

First Group Custom Build Development in Nottingham – registration of interest now open until 12th April’

A new type of housing development, where house buyers work alongside an architect for an opportunity to shape their dream […]

On the Brink peer to peer lending


Is Peer to Peer lending the way to get development money for your cohousing project? Although Bank of England interest […]

Big Lottery Accelerating Ideas Pilot

UKCN is delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Big Lottery Accelerating Ideas pilot, which aims to “to […]

Announcement re £60M for community led housing in the budget

You may have seen in the Budget that there was an announcement about a new initiative to support Community Led […]

Information about emerging Community Led Housing Alliance

A variety of organisations and individuals came together recently to explore how we can all collaborate more effectively to share […]

Vacancies on the UKCN Board of Directors – Invitation for Nominees

We are looking for nominees to join our Board of Directors. These are interesting and important roles giving you (or […]

UKCN Cookbook

We are putting together a UK Cohousing Network cookbook, so please will you send in a recipe or two? The […]

Proposal for Website Revamp to Facilitate Better Networking

The UK Cohousing Network is a member-led organisation. One of our primary functions is to provide resources, support and clear […]

Anna’s Blog – My First 30 Days in UKCN World


Hello, I thought it that writing a short blog might be the best way to share with you what I’ve […]

TEDX Talk on the vision behind LILAC

Paul Chatterton’s TEDX talk on the vision behind the award-winning  ‪#‎cohousing‬ LILAC (which stands for Low Impact Living Affordable Community) in the […]

Bridport Cohousing gets the go ahead from planners! 11 February 2016

Members of Bridport Cohousing expressed their delight at being granted planning permission  for their scheme of 34 homes and a […]

TED Talk on Cohousing – Community At Its Best

A heartfelt presentation of the benefits of living in a ‪#‎cohousing‬ community. ‪#‎coho‬

Older Women’s Cohousing on the BBC

The Older Women’s ‪#‎Cohousing‬ Network in Barnet were interviewed by Jo Good of BBC Radio London. You can hear it on the […]

What Does Cohousing Look Like?

A good description of what ‪#‎cohousing‬ is in this ITV news item about Bridport’s successful scheme.

Our cohousing winter fuel allowance is unfair!

So the question is, what is a dwelling? It’s not the same as a house, or a room, or a […]

Spotlight on Trelay

In 2007, Trelay cohousing community purchased a farm with several holiday cottages which had residential planning permission. We made the […]

UK Cohousing network appoints new executive director

The UKCN Board of Directors are delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Kear, as our new Executive Director. Anna has worked […]

Spotlight on Chapeltown Cohousing

We’ve nearly got our site! It’s been a long time coming, but ChaCo’s now within reach of acquiring a 2.5 […]

2016…Coming of Age for Cohousing

We already know that, this year, we will experience some of the biggest changes in housing policy that we have seen […]

Will your cohousing group need to pay more tax? Respond to the consultation on changes to SDLT before 1 February 2016.

The government is currently undergoing a consultation on changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  SDLT is the tax which is paid by […]

Cohousing National Conference 2015

Growing Affordable Cohousing in the UK – The Cohousing National Conference, 6th November 2015. Event Report Thank you to all […]

New Research Reports on Community Empty Homes Fund & Community Led Housing

The University of Birmingham, Housing and Communities Research Group has released two research reports packed full of evidence and discussion […]

Spotlight on Cannock Mill

Introducing Cannock Mill Cohousing We used to be ‘LoCo’ (London Countryside Cohousing) but now we have our wonderful site in […]

Oxford Cohousing September Update

We’ve done it!  We made the deadline for submission of our second-stage bid to buy 16 – 17 acres of […]

Housing Alliance responds to Proposed Right to Buy Extension

The extension of Right to Buy and the impact on Cohousing and the Community Housing Sector Summary The Government’s proposed […]

Trelay Cohousing Community: how we started and grew

As far as I know, Trelay is the only cohousing group in the UK that started by buying a farm […]

Cambridge K1 Consensus Decision Making

Cohousing and consensus – developing a new cohousing community Currently, a core of 23 families are in the process of […]

K1 August Press Release

Cambridge Cohousing Attracts New Members Cambridge Cohousing held a successful open evening on 30 July in Orchard Park Community Centre, […]

K1 June Press Release

With outline planning permission secured, Cambridge’s first cohousing project is moving into its next exciting stages. The K1 project is […]

Big Conversation 2015 Results

In January 2015 we asked all of our members and contacts to join in our ‘Big Conversation’ on the UK Cohousing […]

Loco March Update

Life is becoming more and more exciting at LoCo CoHousing group, Colchester. Most importantly we have started our planning application […]

On the Brink March Update

At one level the members of ‘On The Brink’, a newish co-housing group in Sheffield, don’t want anything too complicated.  […]

OWCH starts on site

After 16 years of set-backs and delays, the OWCH site was declared open by Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet. On the […]

Oxford March Update

Oxford Cohousing is at an exciting stage: we have a site in view and are preparing to put in a […]

Your views wanted on self-build or custom-build housing

On behalf of 3 Rivers, Gillingham Community Partnership: The Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan is conducting a quick survey to establish local interest and support […]

Help promote cohousing at Greenbelt Arts Festival

Bill Phelps from Chapeltown Cohousing is asking for help at Greenbelt Arts Festival. Bill says ” I have just submitted a proposal […]

Vivarium finds a site!

Vivarium has a site for its Pilot Project at last. Campion Homes have negotiated the purchase of Trynmuir which lies […]

How to live my life for the next 30 years? A blog by Loco members

As children leave home and retirement looms the conversation turns more and more around what to do with our lives. […]

Bridport December Update

A lot has happened for Bridport cohousing group since the summer. We presented our plans to the planners in August, […]

OWCH December Update

OWCH members are set full steam ahead to move in by early 2016 to 25 flats in High Barnet.  At […]

Gear Change for LoCo

After a long and fraught process we finally completed on our purchase of Cannock Mill Colchester in July. Since then […]

K1 December Press Release

K1 – Cambridge’s first cohousing project submits outline planning application Cambridge Cohousing Limited has reached a milestone in the proposed […]

LoCo Cohousing Group Newsletter

Follow the progress of the LoCo Cohousing Group by signing up to their Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwHNUp

Lilac interview with Transition Network

Paul Chatterton from Lilac cohousing in Leeds talks to Transition Network about how Lilac came about. He also explains his […]

Government announces local authority custom build vanguards

Local Authorities are already required to ‘identify and meet the needs’ of people seeking to self build under the Localism […]

Lancaster Cohousing wins at Observer Ethical Awards 2014

Lancaster Cohousing has swooped up yet another national award winning the Oberver 2014 Ethical Award in the Community Energy Category. […]

New £525m Builders Finance Fund Launched

The Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Homes and Community Agency, have launched the new £525 million Builders […]

Congratulations as K1, Cambridge secure land from City Council for Cohousing

K1 Cohousing group has successfully negotiated the purchase of land from Cambridge City Council. The site will accommodate around 40 […]

Regenerative neighbourhoods: Is Cohousing the Answer?

This is a recently produced student piece that present broad and specific aspects of cohousing. (starting exerpt . . .) “All […]

Getting it Built Event Resources

Hello and thank you to everyone who has participated in one of the regional Getting it Built for community led […]

Bradford Cohousing

October 2013 UPDATE Our group is going well; we have just made contact with Bradford Council who is making positive […]

ICSA conference proceedings and videos available online (free of charge)

ICSA conference, Communal Pathways to Sustainable Living, recently held at Findhorn. You can now download the conference proceedings (about 40 written papers)and watch […]

Cohousing: A conversation starter for how we want to live our later lives

Moyra Riseborough was commissioned to carry out a piece of research by the Quality of Life Partnership, Newcastle University and Newcastle Elders Council.

Grundtvig Cohousing Weekend in Sussex – report

European Cohousing Weekend July 2013 A collaborative project funded by the EU Grundtvig programme and focused on older people and independent […]

Getting closer to Sociocracy

At the Spring Gathering and AGM at the Threshold Centre in May, Diana Leafe Christian, our guest speaker and facilitator, […]

Lancaster Cohousing Wins Passivhaus Award

Their entry says this: Lancaster Cohousing is currently the largest completed Passivhaus housing development in the UK, and also meets Code […]