Birmingham City Council Eye First Co-Living Schemes Posted on: June 28th, 2020 Posted by: Nathan Spencer Categories: West Midlands Birmingham City Council and their JV development partner Housing 21 have highlighted land which they’re hoping to develop co-living schemes on. Housing 21 – a not-for-profit developer who’re experts in developing homes for later life living – are partnering with the Council for two sites – in Lozells and Saltley. The proposals will aim to provide housing that promotes the benefits of living in a community setting whilst tackling social isolation which has been even more prominent through the Covid-19 pandemic for older people. Around 50 properties in total will be developed – and this forms part of Birmingham City Council’s aims to accelerate housing delivery across the region, which they’ll discuss on our Solving the Housing Crisis in the Midlands Webinar. Chief Operating Officer at Housing 21 Tony Tench 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 what their future homes should look like. Everything, from management and communal space, to style and design, will be decided by future residents. We want to work with as many local people as possible and look forward to hearing from those interested in getting involved.” Cllr Sharon Thompson of Birmingham City Council, added: “Over the decade, people’s needs and expectations have changed and the housing choices available, in particular to older people, need to reflect this. Older people are entirely capable and should be living independently and 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 housing, get a say in how it’s designed and managed.” Click here to register for the Solving the Housing Crisis in the Midlands Webinar.