The Fold Community Housing Project

Creating environmentally sensitive accommodation for people wanting to be involved with The Fold

The Fold is about to embark on a new community housing project. The aim is to create environmentally sensitive housing and temporary accommodation for a variety of people who will become part of The Fold community. We are keen to share these plans with you, hear your thoughts and to find out if you would like to be involved.


Outside The Fold


We intend to embrace principles from The Global Ecovillage Network, Low Impact Development and Co-housing.

An ecovillage is an intentional community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all four dimensions of sustainability – social, cultural, ecological and economical – to regenerate their environments.

Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in their actions towards low-impact, high-quality lifestyles.

Low-impact living is about local, organic food, self-employment, family firms, small independent shops, co-ops, credit unions, home cooking, open source, craft skills, self-built homes, renewable energy, smallholdings, allotments, sharing, enjoying nature, enjoying life.

It’s also about authenticity – real friends, real food and useful work. It’s an antidote to the power of corporations and banks, supermarkets, pesticides, McFood, monotonous identikit shopping centres, housing estates and industrial estates, credit card debt and stress. The global economy based on growth is out of control. Ultimately we will either choose to live in harmony with nature, or nature will do it for us. But if we wait for nature to do it for us, it won’t be pretty for humankind.

Co-housing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, private home as well as shared community space. Residents come together to manage their community, share activities and regularly eat together.

It is a way of resolving the isolation many people experience today, recreating the neighbourly support of the past. This can happen anywhere, in your street or starting a new community using empty homes or building new.

Co-housing communities can be inter-generational, welcoming anyone of any age and any family structure, or specifically to cater for people who are older or are communities of common interest, for example for women or LGBT groups.

How we see it working

The project includes four residential self-build properties that individuals, families or groups can purchase. These properties will be developed on a bespoke basis with the purchasers to create personalised, environmentally sensitive homes that will form a key part of The Fold eco-village. If you are interested in these plots please contact us and become part of a unique opportunity to join a long-standing and truly sustainable community.

Funds generated from the sale of our four residential plots will pay for site works, materials for the community building and seven visitor accommodation homes which are for volunteers and people attending courses and are intended to be built by Fold employees and volunteers and used as valuable training material for courses in sustainable building.

Where we are so far

We are pleased to have already gained outline planning permission for this exciting project. To complete the planning process, we have now also submitted a planning application to Malvern Hills District Council to cover the ‘Reserved Matters’ for this project which details how the buildings will be delivered on the site, their design, materials and landscaping.

To see the plans that have been submitted to MHDC please click on links below:

Governance Structure

We have yet to finalise the governance structure for the project but it is likely to be set up as either a freehold company or a mutual housing ownership society.

We would appreciate your feedback on two counts

Do you support this development?

Are you interested in getting involved and knowing more?

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Sewing for the Terrified (2 days)

February 22
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Folk At The Fold

February 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Introduction to Painting Furniture and Simple Decoupage Workshop

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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