Visioning Event outcomes

A number of people attended our visioning event on the 25th of October and notes from the event in pdf form can be viewed and downloaded by clicking this text: SCN Visioning Event 25-10-14


University of Sheffield – Live Project

Masters students at the University of Sheffield’s School of Architectural studies have completed their six-week project with Sheffield City Council and members of the Sheffield Co-housing Network. One of the outcomes, a website providing an explanation of co-housing and links to examples and further information, can be found here. We hope to put some of this material on this website shortly.

Some of the other work produced for the council will be made available on the 22nd November at the Custom Build Public Information Event run by Buildstore for SCC.

Visioning Workshop

This Saturday, the SCN will be hosting a workshop in the University of Sheffield ‘s School of Architecture, led by Nick Nuttgens. The workshop will help attendees interested in cohousing:

  • Explore their own vision of living in a cohousing community
  • Share this vision with others and work towards a single vision
  • Work with others to explore the process of setting up a cohousing community
  • Have some lively debate and get inspired by other’s ideas
  • Connect with their ‘tribe’ and start a cohousing venture

Click on the’ events’ link to the left of this for more information.

Vanguard Council


Kate Housden of the On the Brink cohousing group, Cristina Cerulli of The University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture/Studio Polpo, and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Harry Harpham were photographed yesterday to celebrate the launch of Sheffield being selected as one of 11 ‘vanguard’ local authorities, promoting custom build in the UK.

This will require the council to:

  • Set up a register for potential custom builders to assess local demand
  • Provide information to potential custom builders
  • Identify Sheffield City Council owned sites and prepare for development
  • Test the feasibility of different custom build models in Sheffield City Council
  • Provide regular feedback to DCLG to inform a potential national Right to Build scheme

And comes with £100k grant funding which will be used for planning work, legal services to enable disposal of council land and some site investigation work.

The link to the Government press release is : Policy Officer Anna Jones and John Clephan, Sheffield Housing Company programme director at Sheffield City Council have been working with the Sheffield Cohousing Network, the School of Architecture and other partners to inform this bid.


Live Project

Students form the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield will be starting a Live Project tomorrow, working with the council to look at strategies for custom-build and co-housing on a number of sites in the city. The group will also work with members of the Sheffield Cohousing Network, and we hope to make some the information they produce available in the Research section of this website.

Summer Site Visits

1) Sat 9th Aug meet at midday at Cradock Road, Arbouthorne then walking through Norfolk Park and into Claywood site dropping down to town via the station. Spring Lane tram stop is at one end of this site; there are bus stops nearer the developable area where Cradock Rd meets City Road (If driving meet at Cradock Rd/Dagnam Rd junction).

2) A tea time nibble and stroll around Hinde House Playing Fields site at Wincobank on Tues 19th Aug.  Meet at small playing field opposite Concord Junior School at the end of Fife St. (it’s a cul-de-sac). There are buses from town and Hillsborough down Newman  Rd and it’s a short walk along Newman Drive then down a footpath to Concord Junior Sch.

The home of the Sheffield Co-housing Network