“We have been exploring the establishment of a co-housing project which explicitly but not exclusively supports people with disabilities and are in contact with a national charity to see whether there is scope for collaboration. One issue that came up was whether forward-looking towns, such as Transition Towns, would be quite supportive in helping with the establishment of such a project. Finding land or buildings for conversion is the biggest hurdle for co-housing projects and we wonder whether transition towns might be more tuned in to such initiatives?” H.S.
Our response comes from Kevin Frea of member of both Transition Lancaster and Lancaster Co-housing:
“Lancaster Cohousing did have a lot of difficulty in finding and securing land for our co-housing project, and in the end it was a member of Transition City Lancaster who alerted us to some suitable land. So having lots of people tuned it to such initiatives does mean more potential ‘eyes and ears’ to look out for opportunities.
The National Cohousing Network is available to support new cohousing groups, and established groups like ours are always happy to help if we can”.