New £525m Builders Finance Fund Launched

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The Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Homes and Community Agency, have launched the new £525 million Builders Finance Fund, which is designed to help restart and speed up housing developments between 15 and 250 units that have slowed down or stalled.
It aims to address the difficulties in accessing development finance faced by some house builders, particularly smaller developers, and to help bring forward stalled but viable sites.


Congratulations as K1, Cambridge secure land from City Council for Cohousing

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K1 Cohousing group has successfully negotiated the purchase of land from Cambridge City Council. The site will accommodate around 40 homes and a common house.


Plans for the common house are well underway and include a communal dining hall and kitchen, laundry, guest rooms, playroom and a workshop. Already 39 families have joined the forming community and will now have the task of both shaping the design and layout of the community and also building the relationships that will help this mutually supportive community flourish.


Interested in new cohousing group in Dorset/Devon?

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I am planning a move to Dorset/East Devon in the near future and would like to meet people interested in establishing a rural co-housing project in this area. I have put together a simple web page with basic details of what I have in mind and my contact details:

Expertise of our Associate Members

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This year we are recruiting Associate Members to UKCN.  These members have knowledge and skills that cohousing groups may be seeking and have agreed to have their various talents made public on this website.  UKCN is neither recommending nor not recommending but giving you access to people who probably can help you out.

Three bedroom house for sale in Dorset

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Oak Cottage – three bedroom house – £198,000


Oak Cottage is a three bed, end of terrace, eco barn conversion in a cohousing community in a quiet rural setting about a mile from Gillingham, Dorset which has good rail connections to London, Salisbury and Exeter.  Completed in 2010 it is in excellent decorative order and very well insulated with energy and water saving features.  This is a rare chance to buy a 3 bed cottage at the Threshold Centre.

UKCN Funding & Policy Newsletter. Feb 2014

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Cohousing swap on offer - Portland, Oregon, USA

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I'm looking to trade homes for a month or two to give me a chance to spend some time in the UK.  I live in a lovely cohousing community here in Portland, Oregon called Cascadia. Here are pictures of my unit; you will get a feel for the whole place by looking at our cohousing website.

Dutch family would like to visit a cohousing community this summer. Can you offer?

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I am living in Dutch cohousing project. We have 60 families here, living in 10 different groups. We don't have any philosophy, religious or political stance here, we do have lot of informal mutual contacts, but if we want we can keep a distance also.

I am a single father of Indy and Wesley, a boy and a girl almost three years old now. I think it would be nice to see a UK cohousing project, if possible with young children also.

Want to talk about cohousing for Univ. of Manchester research project?

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Regenerative neighbourhoods: Is Cohousing the Answer?

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This is a recently produced student piece that present broad and specific aspects of cohousing.

(starting exerpt . . .)

"All creatures endeavour to make their environment comfortable to live in. Humans have always created shelters, using a variety of materials and building styles. Over the ages, there have been countless designs, suited to different people and different places.

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