Co-housing at Graven Hill, Bicester
The Graven Hill Sub-Group of Still Green met for the first time on Saturday 24th June 2017 and resolved to proceed with the development of a 26 unit co-housing project. Of the 10 members present 9 pledged to put up a deposit which will be used to reserve a suitable plot on the Graven Hill development site at Bicester. Hinchee Hung shared the expertise she gained through her work on the Woodside co-housing project and presented a financial model and outline sketch to get the group thinkng about scale and cost of a scheme. This proved immensely helpful and the group decided to proceed with detailed negotiations with the landowner, Graven Hill Development Company, immediately. In parallel, contact with a suitable housing association will be sought to initiate discussions on opportunities for the inclusion of rented units within the scheme. A recruitment campaign is also planned and with a little luck might get underway before the summer break.
Our next enquirers meeting will be in September. If you would like to find out more about the scheme at Graven Hill and work ongoing to develop a scheme in Milton Keynes please contact Still Green at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graven Hill Village is the UK’s first large scale self- and custom-build opportunity, which has started going up on the edge of Bicester. Given the difficulty we have experienced in finding a suitable site in Milton Keynes, we are currently in discussion with Graven Hill Village Development Company about the possibility of purchasing land on the site for a co-housing community. (Graven Hill was established in 2012 by Cherwell District Council who wholly own the development company.)
More details about Graven Hill and our discussions with them will be posted here. In the meantime, please visit the Graven Hill website for more information and have a look at this fly-through video to get an idea of how it will look when completed.