South West England

Whiteway Colony

Whiteway Colony is a Tolstoyan Community which was set up in 1899 by middle class socialists. In 1998 The Colony celebrated its centenary as a unique pioneering enterprise. Today it occupies the same forty one acres of communally held land with which it began, where colonists live in their own homes as individual families. Unfortunately today, with no spare land available, a person has to buy an existing property to become part of the community. There are over sixty homes, and over a hundred and fifty colonists of all ages.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

Shekinashram

Shekinashram is an Ashram and Holistic Retreat Centre and, in its four years of being, has evolved into a dedicated sacred space and place of worship devoted to spiritual practice, karma yoga (selfless service) and transformation; offering a place of peace, healing and sanctuary. A blend of eastern and western wisdom is reflected here at the Ashram. It reflects the different paths each may tread on the journey of self-discovery.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

CoFlats Lansdown

The Cohousing Company received planning permission in June 2005 for the first CoFlats community. CoFlats is similar to Cohousing but it's just flats. Stroud Coflats has a shared car, an on-site 2KW wind turbine, super-insulation and re-uses an old chapel in the Town Centre.

There is a common house, two garden areas, 20 secure bicycle lockups, 14 flats and studios.

The related Cohousing Company built the first new-build cohousing community in the UK in Stroud (see Springhill Cohousing entry). And the 3rd Cohousing Community in Stroud. CoFlats Sladbrook.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

Springhill Cohousing Community

Springhill Cohousing is the first new build Cohousing Community in the UK and the first project of the Cohousing Company. The search for land started in 1999 and the site in Stroud was acquired in 2000. Very soon after, all the plots were pre-sold to members who designed the community and layout of their own houses/flats.

The principles of Cohousing are consensus decision making, pedestrianised estate, large common house for shared evening meals, private self-contained units.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

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