Penington Cohousing Introductory Pack

Welcome to our Growing Community.

Our plans are to live in the Glasgow area.  Currently, those interested as members and associates are scattered.  We are trying to promote ways for us to get to know each other to form our community before we become neighbours.  Your input and cooperation will be much appreciated!

To comply with new data protection law we need your consent to share information about your interests with others in the group, please make sure that you tick the box on the form about sharing this.

The membership process starts with completing the application form; the next stage is an explorer phase, where we learn about each other and you learn more about cohousing and our plans.  Ideally, at this time you will meet with most of the other members in person.  Your membership will then be confirmed.


Current Plans

Steve Tolson, our volunteer consultant, knows the Managing Director of Urban Union, a smaller developer who is building homes for sale in Pollokshaws, a site served by 3 rail stations and good bus routes.  The development includes terraced houses, and flats (designs available from Ann).  We are planning to buy homes on this site, and collectively buy a one bedroom flat as our shared space for communal activities including shared meals.  Buying the flats as a group could mean that we will be able to negotiate a discount.


News from the local Community Council is that the planning permission for the groundworks has not yet been given, but Urban Union hopes to start in Feb 2019.


Help with moving Decluttering & Downsizing

Both Ann and Barbara have moved in the last 7 years, and know the difficulties that this can bring.  Barbara can recommend the services of APDO members (Association of Professional Declutters and Organisers) in enabling and assisting the downsizing process and moving.


Financial Assistance

The Scottish Government offers support to those who need to move because their homes are no longer suitable but cannot afford to do so.  The current scheme is called shared equity for older people.  See and look up shared equity for older people.

February News Update

It has been a vibrant, busy start to the year for all of us at here at Penington CoHousing with lots of developments, we hope all our PenCoHo members are experiencing a similarly productive start to their year!

Our February news update will cover developments in the Titwood Road site, as always information on this can be found in our previous Autumn news update or as always on our “Where are we now?” section of the website which highlights our recent history and developments. Furthermore information will be provided on how contacting your MSP can help support and promote cohousing.

Titwood Road site and a request          

Great news!
We had a meeting with Southside Housing Association on Wednesday last week.

(Titwood Road site)

The Titwood Road site is in the Strategic Planning Investment Plan, What’s more Southside HA has already got its name on that site on the plan. We will now ask to have a meeting with the Development Officer, Glasgow City Council, Southside HA and ourselves.

 Watch this space for hopefully further exciting progress!

MSP’s have a new Planning Bill in the committee stage


Please ask your MSP to contact those of their political party that are on the reviewing committee to support the inclusion of cohousing and how it could be supported, in this Act.

The main points are that all Scottish Councils have cohousing in their strategic plans, that they offer help with partners(i.e. Housing Associations), in finding a site, and making the site affordable to cohousing groups. This may include `asset locks’, on the land.

Petra Biberbach, CEO Planning Aid Scotland, mentioned that in Germany, cohousing groups are offered brown field sites that have had remedial work already done on them, this has helped stop the urban areas from spreading onto greenfield sites, and kept towns alive and vibrant.

Remember to follow us on Facebook & Twitter  to keep updated with all events and news relating to #PenCoHo and related CoHousing news.

Pencoho events invitations & #scotcoho take-off

It is a very potent time right now with there being more and more #coho opportunties and interest about, and with #seniorcoho changes afoot, nationally, and in and around PenCoHo.

Together we have the power to change!

Find  out more this Saturday 20th January about the news of a Scottish Cohousing Association forming plus the latest developments at PenCoHo: between 10.15 and 11.15 a.m.,  at the far end of the Cafe of the Royal Concerthall, away from the noise of the coffee machine.

Then there is an open invitation to hear Catherine McWilliam from the Development Trust, at the beginning of the Penington Progress Meeting  1.30pm on 20th Feb, at Sparks, 1st Floor, 72 Waterloo Street, G2  7DA. There is a lift. Can people confirm if they hope to attend via email, so we all fit in the room please?

And another reminder for your diary: the next Saturday drop-in coffee mornings are on 17th February and 17th March, usual time and place (see above, tomorrow’s).

Now to some updates of our national network building:

#scotcoho meeting last Tuesday went well, officially launching the Scottish Cohousing Network, adopting a constitution (as an unincorporated association).

3. The purpose of the Network is to advance citizenship and community development and to advocate for Cohousing by:

a. Raising awareness and providing advice to national and local government, planners, social landlords and other housing professionals about the prospect for Cohousing in Scotland
b. Providing support to emerging and existing community-led Cohousing groups – sharing ideas and experience
c. Engaging with other related associations to promote Cohousing.

with the following criteria for Membership
7. The structure of the Network shall consist of:

a. Emerging and existing Cohousing groups in Scotland can be registered with the Network as Group Members
b. People aged 16 or over who are friends of the Network, and are interested in joining a Cohousing group, can apply to become Supporting Members
c. Organisations and professional advisers wishing to be kept in touch and invited to events organised by the Network can join as Associate Members.

Would you like to join? Or do you have any questions? Please contact the role bearers via
Special thanks to all who got us this far, a process involving many people over the last 2 years. Now the real work begins. And many more people are needed. We ARE making history in Scotland!

Here is to #cohousing #communityledhousing🔔🏘️☘️ Pass the word!


Also: please see, sign and share this petition from the SeniorCoHo group in Fife, as they work very hard making their dream reality: Stop the Demolition of Inverkeithing Primary School

Join us now from 50 up!

Penington now has lowered the age for becoming a full or associate member to 50 years of age! We look forward to welcoming more people to become members of Penington cohousing, Glasgow’s first senior cohousing initiative.

If you are free on Saturday, 18 November between 10.15am and 11.15am, do come and join us at our drop-in coffee morning at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall cafe.

And as per usual, any questions you have about Penington cohousing please do get in touch via email (see below), Facebook or Twitter. We are looking forward to hearing from you and to grow our senior cohousing group in Glasgow.

Ann MacInnes and Barbara Potter have been in conversation with local councillor Josephine Docherty, SNP, who is very keen to promote Penington cohousing in the Southside of Glasgow and to help looking for further sites to `self build’, with help from Southside Housing Association.

The formation of the Scottish Cohousing Association is making progress. Final name, vision mission aims, how to become a member, and legal status are in the process of being decided. Currently members of 7 (and counting) developing cohousing groups, community led housing groups, plus architects and surveyors are taking part in the formation process. People are feeling excited. It helps to share one’s experiences with people in similar stages of developing cohousing/community led housing. We do hope that the challenges, the many challenges, we are facing will be tackled through this our national network. If you, who are reading this, are a member of a currently developing cohousing/community led housing initiative in Scotland, and would like to be part of this developing process and eventually join the Scottish Cohousing Association, please contact Libby McHale at

Meanwhile,  in the rest of the UK,  quite a few Co-Ho projects have called the builders in, such as at this Senior CoHo  in Colchester



Autumn News Update

It has been a long summer and many changes in and around PenCoHo. We hope our updated website here (which is still being updated as we speak!) will inspire you to connect or reconnect as new members are being recruited for PenCoHo Pioneer stage #2!

Titwood Road site: To be redeveloped for PenCoHo

The best place to catch up about our recent history is to go to our “Where are we now?” page , and find out what the above map and the image of the house here on the left is all about!

You might really enjoy also catching up on our story so far on this page, with back links to much intersting footage of our journey making senior co-ho history.

And then there are of course our next coffee morning drop-ins, generally  on the third Saturday of the month, held from 10.15 a.m. – ~ 11.15 a.m., at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (2 Sauchiehall St, G2 3NY) at far end of the cafe away from noise of coffee machine.

Our next one, Oct 21st. The next ones: Nov 18th, Dec 16th

Cohousing in Scotland is getting into the news! Hear here some of our friends from Vivarium CoHo in Fife chat to Kaye Adams at her radio show on “CoLiving”, 18-09-2017

Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the stories making the news, offering the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

Communal living for the over-50s,The Kaye Adams Programme on Monday 18th September 2017 brought:

Scotland’s first co-living community for over-50s is set to be built by the end of next year.
The set-up is based on similar American models and is aimed at divorcees, widowers and those would benefit from communal living to combat loneliness, but who are not ready for the ‘regime’ of retirement housing.
Is communal living the way forward for the over-50s?

Well, of course there remains much more to be said about where CoHo differs from the mysterious ‘Co-Living’ project (where is a link to it? everybody asked on twitter after the show).

First of all of course CoHo is a community led undertaking, and in general self  built. In contrast to the much mentioned ‘Co-Living’ one. That has both its pluses and minuses, of course. Then the most loved aspect of CoHo, sharing meals together, and the more challenging aspect, making ALL decisions together, they have not been mentioned, and of course they also have their pluses and minuses.

But all in all, it so  very good to have dialogue and chat on radio, in the local media, on getting the word out and the brain juices flowing. is a blog entry that is a MUST watch and read, too! Congratulations ! And let us be comforted and encuraged ever onwards.

We’re delighted to announce that a London-based cohousing scheme has scooped the top prize at a national awards ceremony.

New Ground, the first senior female cohousing development in the country, was announced as this year’s best example of custom-build housing at the Housing Design Awards. Akin to the Oscars’ Best Picture award or Crufts’ Best in Show, this is a big deal for the community-led housing movement, and of course, a fantastic achievement for the Older Women’s Cohousing Community (OWCH) group, who have worked so hard to make the scheme a reality.

And then, on a local level, watch this space, currently only talked about on facebook and at the above Kaye Adams show: a Cohousing Scotland network is emerging!

So, let’s keep the conversation going and the pioneer group here growing from strength to strength with new hope on the horizon. Come and join us making history in Glasgow!