Co-living: pandemic-proof housing?

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Co-living developments are dynamic, blending uses together to bring people back to High Streets and urban areas, but planners need to catch up, argues Tim Chapman-Cavanagh

Covid-19 has severely impacted much of the UK economy and, on a much more fundamental level, the way in which we live too. Experiences we once took for granted – hugs with grandparents, foreign holidays and seeing more than five friends, if you have them – have fallen away due to the destruction wrought by the pandemic.

Yet, one feature of daily life which hasn’t been pushed aside by the pandemic is the housing crisis. If anything, Covid-19 has cast a new light upon this perennial issue, showing us that it isn’t just the issues of quality and affordability that we need to tackle. The ways in which housing allows us to work remotely, connect with others and stay healthy are now also part of the debate.

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