We are delighted to be launching our first cohousing projects for older people in Birmingham and are looking forward to working with the local communities to design the new homes and on-site facilities. In addition to the individual apartments, the schemes could include communal gardens, lounge and dining areas. It really will be up to those who could be living in the new schemes to shape their communities. 

Cohousing aims to promote the benefits of living as part of a community, which brings with it a sense of belonging and wellbeing, whilst also tackling social isolation. The schemes will also support older people to continue to live independently in their local areas, without the need to move away in search of more suitable housing.

We have identified two plots of land, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, on Chain Walk in Lozells, and Washwood Heath Road in Saltley. Approximately 25 homes will be developed per scheme, each a self-contained, private home with access to on-site communal facilities determined by those who will live there.

We are keen to hear from people living in these areas who would like to get involved. To find out more or to express your interest in either site please email:

Our Cohousing strategy

Below you can download and read our strategy for Cohousing, covering various topics including:

  • What is cohousing and why is Housing 21 interested?
  • How does cohousing differ from our Retirement Living model?
  • Our approach to design
  • Our cohousing ambitions

Download the Housing 21 cohousing strategy

Hear from those involved in our Co-housing developments
Tony Tench 72
Tony Tench, Chief Operating Officer at Housing 21 said:

“We are delighted to be working with Birmingham City Council to provide new co-housing schemes which reflect the ethnic diversity of the city and the changing requirements of older people. We have a great opportunity to help older people in Saltley and Lozells decide how their future homes should look. Everything, from management and communal space, to style and design, will be decided by future residents."

Sharon Thompson 09
Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council said:

“Over the last decade, people’s needs and expectations have changed and the housing choices available, in particular for older people, need to reflect this. Older people are entirely capable and should be living independently so we need to make sure their voices are heard. I’m delighted to see this project get off the ground and hope to see more examples like this where, those who will be living in the properties, get a say in how they are designed and managed.”

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