WHAT IS COHOUSING
Cohousing communities are created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained home and the community shares some resources and activities. The site, social activities and governance are all designed to balance privacy with beneficial social interaction.
It is a form of intentional community that has been developing, particularly in Denmark and other European countries, since the 1970s. It has been taken up enthusiastically in the USA and more recently in the UK, where there are a few long-established cohousing projects, several brand new ones and many now in the pipeline!
Here is a really good illustrated summary of cohousing.
Below are some nice 2min video's about cohousing that give a little insight in the LILAC: (Low Impact Living, Affordable, Community) cohousing project (on the left) and the Bridport and Gillingham projects...
It is worth saying that neither the video above nor the illustrated summary linked to represent the Sussex Cohousing project exactly, even though there are similarities.