Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents come together to manage their community, share activities, eat together. There are currently 12 co-housing communities in the UK (though they are much more popular abroad, especially in Denmark where they began).
Co-housing communities in the UK range from around 8 households to around 30 households. Most communities are mixed communities with single people, couples and families but some are only for people over 50 and one is only for women over 50.
The communities themselves range from new developments built to the most modern eco standards to conversions of everything from farms to Jacobean mansions to former hospital buildings and are in urban, rural and semi- rural locations. Some have very large land holdings as part of the community, others very little.
Cohousing is a way of combating the alienation and isolation many experience today recreating the neighbourly support of a village or city quarter in the past.
For more information see: http://www.cohousing.org.uk/