The wider benefits of cohousing: The case of Bridport

The wider benefits of cohousing cover

This LSE London research project for Bridport Cohousing sets out the ways in which a new cohousing scheme can be expected to benefit its wider neighbourhood and community, as well the residents themselves.

In particular, it sought to address:

  • What is the existing evidence from the UK and abroad about the social benefits of cohousing for residents and for the wider communities in which the schemes are situated, and what are the mechanisms through which benefits are transmitted?
  • How can these mechanisms be expected to operate in the Bridport Cohousing scheme, and what benefits are likely to be generated?  

The findings and lessons from this project will be relevant to prospective cohousing developments elsewhere in the UK.