Providing greener, cleaner, leaner living in a garden village environment

A new build housing co-operative providing 19 homes for families in Newport as part of a larger garden village.

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Part of the regeneration of the former site of East Newport’s Pirelli factory, Loftus Village Association (LVA) (est. 2016) is a shared ownership housing co-operative, developed in partnership with Charter Housing, now part of the Pobl group. Members moved into their new homes during the summer of 2016

Meeting the need

LVA was developed to offer an alternative to traditional shared ownership schemes, with a focus on a community-led approach. Shared ownership helps people who want to buy a home but cannot afford it on the open market.

Members are able to advance to full ownership at any time. The overall development was funded through the Pobl Group, who were in receipt of a Social Housing Grant.

Tenants manage the scheme democratically and have a management agreement with Pobl to manage some housing services, including maintenance of communal open areas across the garden village.

Added value

Members were recruited a year before moving in and worked together to shape the co-operative, receiving training and support from the Wales Co-operative Centre, the Confederation of Co-operative Housing and Pobl. Residents have formed a close bond, helping and advising each other.

Members of LVA have a collective commitment and passion for creating a caring and trusting community, often organising community events for the 19 co-operative homes and the surrounding community.

They are looking to implement the Confederation of Co-Operative Housing Code of Good Governance and have made links with other co-operative schemes to support each other and share experiences.