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Dave to take a ‘Can Do’ approach to co-operative housing at TAI 2014

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Dave Palmer, Co-operative Housing Project Manager at the Wales Co-operative Centre is preparing to take to the stand at this year’s TAI Conference. He’ll be one of the speakers at the event’s ‘Can Do’ Corner, which is part of the wider exhibition area at the event, which is being held at Cardiff City Hall.

We’ve been given a sneak preview of Dave’s presentation and, as well as talking about how the Centre develops sustainable businesses and strong, inclusive communities by working co-operatively, he’ll be shedding light on how housing is the latest sector in Wales to benefit from this approach.

Co-operative housing is about communities having democratic control over decision-making about their homes, neighbourhoods and communities.

There are many different forms of co-operative housing, which could apply to all forms of housing tenure (i.e. home ownership, shared ownership or rented housing – either at market or affordable rents) and a mixture of tenures. All forms of co-operative housing are “not for profit” i.e. they do not distribute profit to individuals, and they recycle any “surpluses” made on budgets for the good of the local community.

Ely Farm Garden Village plans

Ely Farm Garden Village plans

The Welsh Government Housing White Paper gave a commitment to deliver 500 new homes through co-operative housing, as part of action to achieve its affordable housing target by June 2016. There are currently 3 pioneer projects in Wales, that the Wales Co-operative Centre is supporting the development of:-

Newport – 20 co-operative Shared Ownership houses at the former Pirelli Works (Loftus Gardens), being planned with Seren Group.

Cardiff – 41 Co-operative Social Rent Homes being planned with Cadwyn Housing Association.

Carmarthenshire – 27 Co-operative Intermediate Rent Houses being planned with Gwalia Group.

Land at Carreg Y Fedwen, Gwynedd

Land at Carreg Y Fedwen, Gwynedd

There are a further 17 potential co-operative housing schemes being considered in Wales and delegates to TAI 2014 will be encouraged to start schemes of their own, to help increase delivery in this area.

Dave Palmer is due to speak from the Can Do Corner, at the TAI Conference at 12.25pm on Wednesday 26th March.

For more information on co-operative housing, please visit the Wales Co-operative Centre website

Written by Mark Smith

March 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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