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Are you looking for an alternative to a mainstream retirement home?

Would you like to play an active role in the design of your home?  Do you want to live among supportive neighbours who help you stay independent for longer?  If so, co-housing might be the answer.

Still Green is a co-housing project that aims to create two sustainable, socially inclusive and self-reliant neighbourhoods for people over the age of 50. Co-housing residents live in their individual dwellings but share some facilities, such as the gardens, storage facilities, office space and cars if they wish. At the heart of a co-housing scheme is the common house where residents frequently meet for social, cultural and recreational activities, such as sharing meals and celebrations.

We are looking for new members because we are close to securing building plots for 25 homes in Milton Keynes and 30 homes in Graven Hill at Bicester. Still Green members will have detailed input into design of each scheme, enabling us to create a sustainable, green and high quality schemes that provides a positive alternative to the mainstream living arrangements currently available to people in their third age.

Co-housing has a range of distinct advantages:

  • Affordable: Lower running costs due to Passivhouse standards. High quality facilities become affordable as they are shared by a number of people.
  • Sustainable: Lifetime home design for independent living. High eco standards throughout reduce resource and energy consumption.
  • Social: Buildings and open spaces are designed for social interaction. In co-housing people don’t keep tabs on each others’ whereabouts but will notice if a member needs help.
  • Independent: Residents decide together how things are organised, there is no external management agent, We own the homes and the land.

Still Green members play an active role in shaping the design and operation of the scheme; this requires commitment and time. If you think Still Green might be for you visit our website to find out more: stillgreenweb.org

You are very welcome to attend one of our general meetings or social events. The next open meeting is on 17th March 2018 at 11.30 in Milton Keynes. For details please email: [email protected]

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Gertrude49
12th May 2018
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Thanks for voting!
I think the idea of Passivhaus accommodation is an excellent one, but more needs to be done to make potential clients buy into the idea that it isn't "hippy" living. The idea of sharing is also a good one -but again there needs to be an assurance that cliques or dominant members don't take over the running of a group to the detriment of others. What literature do you have? How do you intend to manage the group? What conflict resolution processes will there be? What form does ownership take? Lots of questions to be answered - but what a good idea.
Gertrude49
11th Sep 2018
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Thanks for voting!
It all sounds very good - and I am a great supporter of green technology in the home environment. However, I would want to know more about contracts of purchase, what obligations there are, what happens if one needs extended care - do we have to move house or go into a home? Can we have pets? Lots of points to be answered.

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