The Drive Housing Co-op

Postal Address
8 The Drive
Walthamstow
London
E17 3BW

Electronic Mail enquiries@thedrive.coop
World Wide Web http://www.thedrive.coop/
Year started
2010
Situation
urban
Number of over 18s
11
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
no
Work in Lieu
no

The Drive Housing Co-op owns 8 The Drive, Walthamstow. This is a 11-bedroom former childrens’ home, a detached house within a reasonably sized plot of land (for London).
In summary there are three aspects to this project:
– a housing co-op, which enables its members to have a say in the running of the accommodation that they live in, with no external landlord to have to deal with. For us, making decisions by consensus is at the heart of this.
– an intentional community, where people live together as one household, and experiment with new ways of living more sustainably together, within the context of a city and urban lifestyle. This encompasses bulk-buying of food, sharing facilities, and pooling resources in many other ways; acting as a community by providing care and social contact for one another within the house, but also engaging with the local neighbourhood through community events (in the house, garden, or elsewhere), and other involvements.
– a permaculture garden, which will enable us to produce a proportion of our food on-site, reducing food miles and our living costs.
The longer-term aim is that The Drive will act as a living and working demonstration that a group of people can live together in an organised and sustainable way, which moves beyond the normal house/flat-share situation that many single people typically find themselves in.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
London
WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom

info@diggersanddreamers.org.uk

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The Drive Housing Co-op is currently looking for new members

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enquiries@thedrive.coop

The Drive Housing Co-op is currently looking for volunteers

Send them a message:
enquiries@thedrive.coop