Laughton Lodge is a co-housing community set up as a non-profit company limited by guarantee, where all lease holders are directors of the company.
We are 70 adults and children, living in 21 houses and sharing 23 acres of fabulous Sussex meadowland – once a rural, residential hospital. Homes come in all shapes and sizes and are held on a 9999 year lease. We also have 11,000 square feet of communal space in the form of a community centre for our own use and for occasional and regular rental.
The community centre comprises offices, large hall, training room, sun lounge, music room, games and playrooms, dining and cooking facilities and guest rooms. We share the land and our expertise, whether it be DIY, gardening, IT, cooking skills, events organising, animal care, yoga, or car sharing; and much more. We also welcome volunteers on our monthly busy weekends to help with indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks and project work.
Members are involved in a range of trades, professions, businesses or creative industries and are employed and self employed or parenting at home. The age of residents currently ranges from babies to those in their 7th and 8th decades. A generation of children has grown up and moved away since we began, and now there is a new generation of youngsters building dens and rampaging in the undergrowth.