Cohousing in the news

Housing Diversification campaign in RibaJ

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Housing Diversification article in The Planner

Marmalade Lane wins RICS Social Impact Awards 2020

Marmalade Lane scooped up two RICS Social Impact Awards - 'Residential' in the East of England category and the Project of the Year Award 2020. Finals of the Social Impact Awards takes place in September. Finally the social impact of cohousing is being recognised by mainstream housing organisations. Congratulations to Marmalade Lane residents.

“My cohousing community helps fight coronavirus isolation”

"Cohousing itself is an intentional awareness and saying, the world isn’t working the way it should... and we’ve got to start modelling a different way of being with each other"

BBC Radio 4 Moneybox features cohousing

UK Cohousing Network directors Angela Vincent and Chris Coates were interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Moneybox, which focused on the financial benefits of intentional communities. Listen to the podcast here:

Good news from Cirencester Cohousing

Cirencester Cohousing are excited to report that we've just secured funding through the Homes England Community Housing Fund and have appointed a project manager to take us forward.

Age does not define us – new report from The Age of No Retirement

This report is a summary of what we found when we asked, “Let’s stop talking about what divides us, and ask instead what unites us? What happens when we stop talking about Us vs. Them, of older vs. younger, and explore what we have in common?”

‘Trailblazing’ Colchester co-housing scheme puts retirement in a new light

“I’d never heard of co-housing, but I thought it was perfect - a complete change of life and a more interactive way of life. One which offered me more opportunities to do more things.”

Co-housing: we’re all in this together

"There are already 19 established co-housing communities, according to the UK Cohousing Network, but demand is ballooning. A further 44 groups are developing projects while 14 more are in the process of setting up. But what opportunities – and challenges – does the concept present for architects?"

We need to talk about ageing – and it’s about far more than the NHS

Could cohousing offer an imaginative and hopeful way to handle an ageing population?

Totally together: could communal living suit you?

From self-sufficient communes to cohousing schemes, people are opting for a shared lifestyle.

A blueprint for British housing in 2028

"...housing is too complex a matter to be subject to a single magic bullet. What you need depends on who you are and where you are."

Older Women’s Cohousing article (i News)

How the older women who built their own co-housing community found the first year together

Cohousing for Older Women

A women-only co-housing development in London is redefining accommodation for older people

Homes ‘Co-Op’ Where You Choose Your Own Neighbours

As part of its community-led housing series, the Yorkshire Evening Post profiled Chapeltown Cohousing, a developing group in Leeds.

Leeds housing focus: Cohousing – time to go European?

The Yorkshire Evening Post pays a visit to the LILAC cohousing site - a pioneering development for Leeds, where people, not profit are at its heart.

Cohousing: the British families embracing communal living

Communal eating at the Forgebank Cohousing Community in Lancaster is discussed in this Guardian article.

Otley’s MP backs group’s co-housing community plan

Otley's MP is backing a group that is hoping to create a new local co-housing community.

Leaseholding as the utopian alternative

Jane Blackburn, Chair of Cannock Mill Cohousing Colchester writes in support of Stephen Hill's letter on why leaseholds can be a good approach.

Leaseholds are not the problem – abuse of them is

Our Chair, Stephen Hill responds to a Guardian opinion piece. In his letter he explains the ways in which the leasehold model can be effective.

On the Brink

On the Brink, a Sheffield-based group, are making impressive progress towards converting a former NHS office building into a thriving cohousing community.

Cohousing Grows as People Look for a Caring, Sharing Place to Live

Cohousing projects in Yorkshire are creating a happier and healthier way to live but face funding obstacles.

OWCH Triumph at the Housing Design Awards

OWCH triumphed at the Housing Design Awards, with awards of Overall Winner and Best Custom-Build Design

Cohousing backed by Bridport Town Council

Bridport Cohousing CLT has received planning permission for the second phase of its development, which will include 28 affordable homes

The Millers’ tale

Martina Lees meets the group behind one of Britain’s first cohousing projects: an eco-village in Essex, designed for their retirement. Tip? Start planning in your forties.

Want a happy old age? Get your friends to be your neighbours!

That’s just what empty nesters are now doing — swapping a lonely retirement for a life near companions who really do care.

Sixty, female and all living under one roof (just don’t call it a commune)

Meet the women challenging preconceptions of older women as passive and past it.

A sense of belonging: the case for more communal living in the UK

Cohousing offers people the chance to be part of a community – something many feel is lacking in wider society.

‘I find myself once again living a lie’ – older LGBT people need safe housing

Many gay and lesbian people have faced years of discrimination. They have a right to appropriate housing and support as they age.

Better housing can help tackle the crisis of loneliness in older people

In some parts of the UK, 80% of over-55s say they feel isolated, but well-designed transport, public spaces and street furniture can make a difference.

UK’s first senior co-housing project

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of women aged over 50 decided to take control of how and where they lived in their older years.

Only old girls allowed in first of its kind co-housing development

Many of us worry about getting older and how we will manage, perhaps on our own.

London’s first ‘co-housing’ project is a triumph

Six families took the plunge and built their houses together. The result is Copper Lane.

Cohousing: ‘It makes sense for people with things in common to live together’

New housing scheme offering older people the chance to live independently but in a shared community will open to residents next year.

How to create happy communities through co-housing

A tiny but growing movement is seeking to build and develop new urban neighbourhoods based on sustainable living and mutually supportive communities. Could this end the isolation associated with the modern era?

The age of loneliness is killing us

For the most social of creatures, the mammalian bee, there’s no such thing now as society.

Copper Lane review – an appealing, harmonious, cost-effective model for communal living

London's first co-housing project strikes an elegant balance between communal living and leafy seclusion.

Observer Ethical Awards 2014 winners: Lancaster Cohousing

Jon Sear from the winners of the Community Energy Project Award sponsored by National Grid on its community benefits.

Top 10 eco homes: Lilac

With the help of a panel of experts we've chosen 10 candidates for the UK's best eco home.

Loneliness is killing us – we must start treating this disease

A report says loneliness is more deadly than obesity – the challenge now is to help lonely people connect.

Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds

Scientists found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely.

‘Sociable’ housing helps older people remain in the community

Cohousing and Homeshare can be ideal for older people who want a wider social life than care homes can provide.

Co-housing: a lifestyle with community spirit built into the foundations

Co-housing, which began in Denmark in the 1960s, is spreading as a lifestyle choice across Britain.

Come together: Could communal living be the solution to our housing crisis?

Sarah Morrison visits five of the country's 'alternative' co-habitational projects to find out.

Cohousing offers a healthier way to live and a more sustainable business model

The Lancaster Cohousing development is testament to the passion, practicality and persistence of its members.

Why housing associations shouldn’t be afraid of cohousing

Putting the days of communes and hippies behind them, co-ops are becoming increasingly popular. Anita Pati finds out why cohousing is taking off.

‘It’s like a mini Centre Parcs!’

Imagine a community where you like your neighbours. You share meals and your children grow up together. Joanna Moorhead on the growth in cohousing.

Could cohousing transform affordable housing in an era of no money?

Experimenting with shared amenities can save space and money and help to develop strong, supportive and vibrant communities, says Toby Lloyd.

Communal living: Love thy neighbourhood

Share your car, share childcare costs, share energy bills, but still enjoy the privacy of your own home. Welcome to the new age of communal living. Miles Brignall reports.

‘It’s about forgetting the numbers’

Welcome to the retirement home of the future. Hester Lacey visits six friends who have thrown in their lot together under one roof as an experiment in creative ageing.