Previous initiatives and research projects.

Re:Solution has been involved in research and development in co-housing in Scotland since 1998. A cohousing community is a type of intentional community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned, owned and managed by the residents – who also share activities which may include cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and governance of the community. Common facilities may include a kitchen, dining room, laundry, child care facilities, offices, internet access, guest rooms, and recreational features. Cohousing facilitates interaction among neighbors for social, practical benefits, economic and environmental benefit.

In the mid to late nineties we provided development support to several cohousing groups in Scotland, including Tweed Valeey Ecovillage Group. Unfortunately, these groups found it very difficult to secure a site with planning permission, in competition with private developers.

In 2001 we carried out a study tour of nine co-housing communities in Denmark and Sweden. In the past five years several cohousing groups in England have been successful in completing projects. It is Re:Solutions intention to return to promote this housing model in coming years.

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