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How could we make community-led cohousing the next big thing in London?

The government has just launched a new £240 million Community Housing Fund to help grow the community-led housing movement.

With growing uncertainty about the London housing market coupled to ever-increasing need could community-led cohousing be the next big thing for London? And if so, what would that look like, and what is required to make it happen?

Come and hear from Alex Whitcroft, the founder of the brand new Cohousing London group and himself an architect specialising in sustainable and community-led’ projects and developments, about his personal experience of living in a successful community land trust in the States and his ambitions for the new Cohousing London group, which seeks to connect individuals interested in pursuing cohousing projects in London and the South West. Alex will share examples of successful community-led housing models around the world, including projects he is already working with in the UK and key tips for joining or setting up your own community-led housing initiative.

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Context:

The government has just launched a new £240 million Community Housing Fund to help grow the community-led housing movement. A particularly popular model within community-led housing is cohousing, in which groups of individuals and/or families come together to build their own community housing projects, share resources and make decisions for themselves about their living space and who they share it with.

Could the cohousing housing model, which began in the 1960s in Scandinavia and has since gathered popularity elsewhere in Europe and the US, hold the key to the illusive sense of community we are all seeking?

Is this mode of living just for hippies or does it hold a wider appeal?

How does cohousing differ from other types of community housing like cooperatives?

Is it even possible to find viable land for these types of projects, esp. in or near London?

Can community-led housing deliver more affordable homes and more security of tenure?

And how would anyone go about finding a group of like-minded individuals interested in pursuing this type of living?

What does all of this mean for Lambeth and community-led housing in our borough?

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Impact Hub Brixton

Date & Time

October 22 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Location

Impact Hub Brixton

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Updated on 05 October 2018