Dave Palmer


Co-operative Housing Project Manager, Wales Co-operative Centre

Blog Posts

Housing conference highlights co-operative links

Just over a year ago I blogged about the benefits of volunteering… I have continued to volunteer as a co-opted board member for Trivallis and recently was fortunate to be able to attend the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference in Manchester as a visitor. It was an opportunity to visit over a hundred of exhibitor […]

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Co-op and Mutual Housing: Wales Leads the Way

Co-operation as a concept and movement came early to Wales and historian Alun Burge has charted its origins from the mid 1800s on. This included a co-op set up by the Chartists in the 1840s and the Cwmbach Society, modelled on the Rochdale pioneers, set up in 1859 and enduring for over a hundred years. […]

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The first five years of co-operative housing in Wales

In 1972 David Bowie sang…. We got five years, stuck on my eyes We got five years, what a surprise We got five years, my brain hurts a lot We got five years, that’s all we got (From ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’) 40 years later on 5th […]

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Bringing thoughts on co-op housing from the other side of the world

We’ve received a guest blog from Leonie Ramondt, who is the Royal Society of the Arts Cymru / Wales Fellowship Councillor and leads on their Wellbeing Project here in Wales. In this post, Leonie draws upon her experience of co-op housing in Australia, with hopes for her new home in Swansea. She also looks into […]

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Jill Stringfellow and Jane Karagianis at Loftus Garden Village

First co-op resident moves into Loftus garden village

A Newport street dedicated to ‘cooperative housing’, at Loftus Garden Village, welcomed its first resident this month. Jane Karagianis was browsing the usual online property finders when she stumbled across Loftus Garden Village – she had no preconceptions about either the village or co-operative housing, having heard of neither previously.  Now Jane is the first of the […]

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Symposium provides insight into Intentional Communities

Last week, the Intentional Communities Research and Enterprise group at Cardiff Met University hosted its second symposium entitled ‘Intentional Communities – Living the Good Life’, on the theme of sustainability and low impact living. The day consisted  of presentations from academics and researchers with expertise in the field, and a series of themed workshops from […]

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Tenants come together for Wales’ first urban community housing co-operative

West Rhyl Community Land Trust (WRCLT) and North Wales Housing Association (NWHA) have established Wales’ first urban community co-operative housing project with the support of the Wales Co-operative Centre. Afallon Housing Development West Rhyl Co-operative, which will be based on Abbey Street, will aim to build an empowered community. Yesterday, a forum was held which […]

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Much ado about housing in Rhydyfelin!

Shakespeare Rise is a Newydd Housing project to update what is currently void  housing stock and bring it back into a beneficial use.  The Shakespeare Rise project comprises three blocks of one bedroom flats, being eighteen flats in total.  The project will involve a full refurbishment of the empty housing blocks and will help to […]

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Building blocks falling into place for Carmarthen housing co-op

At the Wales Co-operative Centre, we work to utilise co-operative housing to help meet the demand for affordable housing in Wales. As Co-operative Housing Project Manager, I’ve seen recent developments at one pilot site that we’ve supported in South-West Wales. Gwalia Housing is working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to develop a co-operative housing […]

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Housing Shortage and the Snowline

Recently, the shortage of affordable homes across the UK has been highlighted by the ‘Homes for Britain’ rally in Westminster.  Research on the situation in Wales suggests that an additional 284,000 homes are needed between 2006 and 2026, with 183,000 in the market sector (houses available for sale on the open market) and 101,000 in […]

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