Forming Communities

These groups are at many different stages of development. Some may be a bunch of people with an idea, some may be at a very advanced stage - perhaps about to purchase a property and looking for people with capital and commitment. Bear in mind that much of the information may be aspirational.

If you're starting up a new project and are looking to attract more people then e-mail us. We would expect Forming Communities to have reasonably thought through ideas, 10 or 12 prospective members and perhaps a website or a legal structure already. We will require some information and a postal address from you before we consider giving you a listing within this section. If you're an individual or small handful of individuals or families looking for more people to consider different ideas then do put a notice in the People forming a Group section within the Noticeboard.

This is what we're attempting in Lincoln/Lincolnshire over the next year. Our project is based predominantly upon an idea around sharing, and cooperation. Sharing knowledge, practical skills, craft skills, and cooperative principles and values in a more community minded way. In principle it is less about making money and more about getting things done, where every member can directly benefit as well as the local and wider community. (Which we believe to be the original aims of the pioneers of cooperatives, dating back at least to the Rochdale pioneers of the early 19th century) The workers cooperative aims would be to set up and run projects that can create an income (financially and through trade bargains, LETS), mentoring and taking a guiding role over them. A kind of management hub over the various income generators.

Are you nearing retirement age and exploring your options (possibly thinking of downsizing)?

You may find those options are pretty limited, especially if you are on a budget with no big pension pot to look forward to. If you’re interested in living more sustainably then there are even fewer opportunities, with housebuilders still clinging to 20th-century building methods and technologies.

We are planning something different – an affordable, low-impact community of like-minded people with similar values – a senior cohousing community.

We are 6 adults (one child, four dogs, one cat) all working in woods and with a business plan to buy a wood together to work together. We are not incorporated yet, but will be very soon. We want to get on with the work, so we intend to buy the land this year and get on with planning applications and felling timber immediately after. We have a wood in mind. Our aim is to be free of debt in 15 years, autonomous (free from government subsidy), self-supporting (electricity/ water/ wood/ maybe even food on site) and long-lasting. We are based in West Wales. The woods here are conifer plantations often on old broadleaf woodland sites. We want to gradually remove the conifers to sell the timber and replant with broadleaves. We currently work felling timber, thinning, pruning, doing arboricultural work, renovating old buildings, doing hydro-electrical work, saw-milling timber, selling timber, planting trees, doing metalwork, winching timber, processing firewood and delivering wood.

We are a group of local people working to create an affordable cohousing neighbourhood in Bridport and now have all the legal and contractual agrrements in place to start work on building our cohousing neighbourhood in March 2020.

This will be the largest, all affordable cohousing scheme in the UK and will provide a mixed tenure intergenerational neighbourhood of eco homes (1 bed flats and 2,3,and 4 bed houses) for 53 households.26 of the homes will be for social rent through our partner housing association and 27 for leasehold purchase (half of these will be for sale at 80% of market value and half through Help to Buy South from 25% - 75% of market value) - for details visit our website at www.bchomes.org.uk

Brighton Cohousing is interested in setting up a project somewhere near Brighton.

Searching in Devon and Somerset.

We are a cohousing group with detailed planning permission and the resources to build 23 Passivhaus homes in Colchester for occupation in 2017.
So far we’re mainly professional people (55+) and we are actively recruiting new members able to purchase a house or flat.

Chapeltown Cohousing is creating sustainable and affordable homes for up to 33 households. Transforming derelict land into a vibrant neighbourhood with low-energy homes, shared facilities and gardens, recreational space, opportunities for inter-generational connections and a diverse intentional community grown from the local area.

What makes this venture special is that it is run by local people to benefit local people. 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 are due to start building in early 2018 and are taking applications for people wanting to part buy (25%-95%) 1 bed, 2 bed and 3 bed properties now.

A new housing development on a 1.2 hectare site. 32 self contained homes combining houses and apartments. Mixed income residents and inter- generational households.

Central pedestrian street for safe play and community activities. Access road and parking on the periphery. Common house at the heart of the community.

Shared facilities for cooking, eating together, entertainment, creative activities and socialising. Shared gardens for play and for growing produce.

A community in development, with members old and new contributing to the vision and design of the site, the housing and the facilities.

We are developing a cohousing project, with a view to using land at Lyndale Road in Maryhill, Glasgow.

** PUBLIC MEETING SAT 2ND MARCH - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clachan-cohousing-public-meeting-tickets-55... **

Cohousing is a model where a group of people build, develop and run their own community. Everyone has their own private home, but there is also a ‘common house’ where residents can come together to share activities and meals together as often as they want.

Clachan Cohousing aims to self build our project using energy efficient construction techniques, and use renewable energy sources to create homes with low carbon footprint and low energy bills.

We are developing sociocracy as a decision making process and we are also incorporating non-violent communication.

ClanAlba Housing Co-op are looking for gainfully employed/unemployed members...more info soon

We are a small group of Vegans looking to form a Co housing eco community in South Devon England. We are currently chatting about possibilities with an eye on the property market .Ideally looking for a small farm with outbuildings that could be converted into seperate residential units . We are looking for one or two more people or families to invest in 1-3 bedroom units. Based on permaculture and cohousing principles, we'd like to forge a healthier way of life: grow most of our own food and fuel; generate our own energy; share skills; provide a place for courses, activities, holidays, retreats; and create an abundant biodiverse forest garden to share. For more details please visit our website / contact us.
www.coastalcommunity.org.uk info@coastalcommunity.org.uk

We are currently a group of 5 people (with other potential members on the edge), a Couple, 10 year old girl, another male and 2 females (so we have a fairly even gender spread so far).
We intend to share cooking facilities and pool cars, but will have our own personal space.
We plan to buy a house with land and outbuildings so there will be ample room for expansion and storage. The property we buy will likely need some restoration.

Our vision is to create, within the next 3 years, a housing-based community in Cardiff that will encourage social interaction and mutual support whilst reducing our carbon footprint. The development will include self-contained and accessible homes along with a shared co-house and other facilities for communal use (laundry, tool and bike shed; external space for food-growing and leisure; car pool etc).
Housing, designed to maximise planned and informal social contact, will be built in line with ecological sustainable principles. A mixed tenure development, it will include 15-25 private, shared and rented homes, in partnership with a Housing Association. Collaboration in the planning, design and running of our community will develop the trust and friendships between all who live there.

Cohousing Woodside will be a community of 30 households where at least one occupant per household is aged 55 years and over. The new-build homes in Muswell Hill,North London, (estimated completion date May 2017) will be owned on 999 year leases (no rentals). Our Development Plan may be seen on our website. There will be a common house and the opportunity to join in shared activities, including meals and gardening. Members will manage the common facilities, and all residents are invited to take part in the life of the community.

We are still getting to know each other and sorting out our hopes and expectations in 'signing up to be neighbourly'. Our working groups are developing the Common House, policies for group living, car sharing arrangements and other aspects of group life. New members are welcome and an 'early-bird' discount applies. We hold monthly meetings locally with visitor Q & A sessions.

We are an independent group of people developing an environmental co-housing project in Sussex. We want to maximise the collective to create a better quality of life; for ourselves and for the wider community.
We are open to new contributing members getting involved at this stage and later stages.

We are converting our 33-acre ex-Forestry Commission plantation (purchased in 2000) to agroforestry or forest farming. We produce and sell free range chicken, pork, bacon and smoked duck. All livestock play an integral role in the management of the land, eg pigs root out existing weeds and prepare the ground for planting forage crops and trees. Wwoofers are welcome.
Future
We intend to purchase a farm and divide it into an appropriate number of smallholdings to form a commonwealth and build low-cost housing. Ownership of land and housing will be vested in the commonwealth. Prospective members must be able to demonstrate their commitment to high welfare livestock production - membership invitation achieved by working on existing holding.

Although we are still looking for other members we have a strong core group of 6 people and are in process with business applications and are looking for suitable property in the mid Wales area. Some of us have property we will sell.We are looking for others to join us who would be able to bring some capital to the venture although this is not exclusively so. The main thing is to feel in tune with our vision.We would very much like to have some younger people join us as it feels important to have a wide age range. It is our intention to have our own accommodation within the community as small family units and we will all work within the community, although some may have other work outside.

We’re a group of people with a shared aim; to work together to co-create ecovillage / co-housing projects in Wales. We aim to share resources, and work to live sustainably, with the additional support that can be gained from living nearby to one another. Options for these projects include Community Land Trusts, and Co-operatives, although some of us are also looking into ‘Freeman’ eco-villages. One of the main ideas evolving from the North Wales meetings is a peace village project of ‘united diversity’, where, similar to the Sieben Linden Eco- village, groups of two or more individuals with land next to each other form areas where they specialise in their chosen way of living. The idea is that people will thrive in the individuality of their chosen way of sustainable living, in the part the land they live on, while having the opportunity to form a group or co-operative with others who share specific goals and ways of living, and support each other in doing so.

Enlinca (Environmental Living In Cambridgeshire) is a group working towards the establishment of a (probably new-build) co-housing community with possibly 10-30 separate living units of varied size together with a central Common House and shared and personal outside space. We came together in 2000 and registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2003 and currently have about 8 active members including 2 families. Our ages range from 4-70 Some of us have houses to sell and others rent property or have shared ownership arrangements.

We are looking for around 30 households in the Falmouth/Penryn area, singles, young couples, families, high flyers and retirees, the more diverse the better in our minds!
Are you a person/family/household, who:
is looking to find security and a place you can call your own without having to play the game of 'the property ladder'?
or
is already a homeowner, but sees that the solution to long term sustainable communities requires a shift in culture to how we provide housing and are looking to invest their equity in an innovative solution for future generations?

After eight years of effort but many setbacks, Five Rivers Cohousing (5R) is now in discussions with a local housing association to take part of a site they are developing on the north-western side of Sheffield.

We are aiming for 10-25 units, of varying sizes and high-eco sustainable build, that are multi-affordable, and lived in by a multi-generational community. The site has great views to the west, and is serviced by a bus route running through the evening.

We encourage anyone interested to visit. Remedial earthworks mean there is no access at present, but there is a footpath all around it. The area which is being offered to 5R is on the southern, lower side.

Our construction may not start until 2021, but we are applying for Homes England funding and hiring a Project Manager and other consultants. So we are very keen for more people to join us, to be part of developing our plans, and if possible to pledge some capital towards the costs.

As of yet we are not living together, but we are working on it!
Our intention is to offer a space for people to live in peace and find what is right and true for them. A place for people to reflect on life and feel their way. It will be a place where people can really be themselves, to live creatively, freely, openly and honestly. A place that welcomes and invites true expression and ‘realness’. A place where people can choose to live simply, with nature, cultivating their garden and watching the clouds drift by.
When we find a place to set up- There will be the possibility for people to stay for short periods, or for long periods of time and for people to make Freeriver their home. Life will become very simple and natural, like a tribe people will begin to become a family and develop close meaningful relationships.

We are in the process of purchasing South Treveneague Farm and transforming it into the Friendship Cohousing Community. (It is near Friendship Woods.)

It will make a perfect place to live as the climate crisis develops. It is off the beaten track but not far from public transport links and Penzance; sheltered and secluded but near lovely walks with views; and close to the sea on both the south and north coasts of Cornwall.

There are private units ready for residents to move into and a beautiful farmhouse with lovely communal spaces. On the 4 acres of land we shall develop a small-holding and grow our own food in harmony with Nature, including developing a forest garden and caring for a small number of animals.

FRISIAN ALLIANCE — Reconstructing the ancestral heritage of the Frisian-descended peoples: Juttar, Lêtne, Stjurar, Sêkæmpar, Angelara, Kâd-hêmar, Saxmanna, Landsâton, Mârsata, Holtsâta.

Website: https://frisianalliance.webs.com/

The Frisian Alliance seeks to recreate Frisian matriarchal society as described in the Oera Linda Book, through setting up an alliance of sustainable, self-governing states in which the youth are mobilised for the service of all citizens.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/636241049765719/

A full English translation of the Oera Linda Book, the ancient Frisian text on which the Frisian Alliance bases its proposals, can be found here:

Oera Linda Book: https://oeralinda.webs.com/

Held bêid tha Frya! An tha nôme Wraldas, fon Frya, ænd thêre fryhêd grête ik jo.

Our Vision & Values

Liverpool Cohousing is intended as a community where members live in their own homes and also share community space and activities.

Our main aims are:
1. To create a range of long term secure affordable homes
2. To move towards a zero-carbon footprint
3. To be open to the possibility of sharing resources and experience with other groups
4. To build a community where there is sharing and mutual support based on trust, tolerance and respect.
5. To have a creative and dynamic approach to building community and strive towards environmentally responsible living for ourselves, future members and the wider community.

The Build

Size For the Community to be a maximum of 50 units, housing approximately 80 people. This size supports community dynamics and informal community contact.

Tenure Our aspiration is for a mixed tenure of rental, shared ownership and ownership.

Norwich Cohousing has purchased a plot of land at Sussex Street just north of the city centre, and has formed a Community Interest Company to take the project forward.
The site already has planning permission for 17 two and three-bedroom units, plus 2,500 square feet of communal space. The units are likely to be all open market or privately rented unless we can engage with a housing association.
The site is urban, so outside space is limited, but it's in a lovely street with the river nearby and opportunities for getting involved in local allotments or forming a community garden.
The city centre is in walking distance, and Norwich is a great city to live in - not too big and not too small! There are schools nearby and the University is in cycling distance.

Who we are
• We are forming a group of people that are both intending to build Nottingham’s first intentional cohousing community, and to establish a replicable model that addresses the challenges.
• We are also looking to get support from organisations and professional experts.

What we want to do
• To create a mixed intergenerational site:
- of 20 to 40 households from 1 bed apartments to 4 bedroom houses.
- that will deliver the needs of all life-stages from birth to death, so that individuals can stay in the community and be supported throughout their lives.
- that accommodates ranges of ownership, including rental, shared ownership as well as outright, and finds solutions to savings and loans needs over time.
- that uses an eco low impact approach using the latest appropriate technologies to achieve low running costs with a high quality, sustainable and adaptable interior environment in all weathers.

We own 22 acres of woodland and pasture near Bromyard in Herefordshire and we are creating an ecological and personal growth community, living as self-sufficiently as we are able. We are two committed adults plus several regular participants who may or may not become long term residents.

We are off-grid. We are managing our woodland in accord with a Woodland Management Plan we have agreed with the Forestry Commission and will use timber from it to build a community house big enough for 10 adults plus children. We have an architect working with us and we will be putting in for Planning Permission when we are ready. We already have permission for a round-wood timber framed barn for use in connection with our forestry activity and are cutting and preparing timber for this barn..

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