|Can anyone help the UK Cohousing Network?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sarah Berger (sarahannebergergooglemail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 07:56:29 -0700 (PDT)|
Three of us from the UK met several developers at the US Cohousing Association conference in Boston last month and learnt a lot about the developer-led model of building cohousing. I am project coordinator of the UK Cohousing Network and any advice you could give our fledgling UK Cohousing Network would be very valuable. If you have experience of this approach we would really like to hear from you. The UK Network is in discussions with a development company called the Ethical Property Company (www.ethicalpropertycompany.co.uk ) who are considering piloting a partnership with a cohousing group in England with a view to working with the Network to roll out the development partnership model to up to 5 further cohousing projects if the pilot is successful. The Network would be involved in developing good practice guidelines, faciltation and evaluation. This could mean a step change for cohousing in the UK. We need to decide whether to follow the Cohousing Partners LLC model of setting up a joint venture company with the cohousing group or whether to follow Eco Housing Corporation's approach in which the developer takes the lead. Are there people out there who could let us know what they see as the main advantages and disadvantages of method used by the Eco Housing Corporation? a.. Did it mean the group felt less empowered and less engaged? b.. How early did the group get involved in influencing design and was it enough? c.. Did the no pain - no gain principle operate .ie. if the development process was quicker and smoother and therefore the group suffered less did it mean group cohesion was weaker after move- in ? d.. I presume the developer took the main financial risk during development. If so, were there any disadvantages for any of the parties with this model? Any other tips would be very gratefully received. Thanking you in anticipation. Best wishes Sarah Berger Project Manager UK Cohousing Network The Community Project, 15 Laughton Lodge, East Sussex, BN8 6BY 01323 815727 ; 07754 596424 sarahberger [at] cohousing.org.uk www.cohousing.org.uk
- Can anyone help the UK Cohousing Network? Sarah Berger, August 8 2008
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