Intentional Communities

Independent Creative Living

For centuries people have grouped together to develop a style of living that suits their particular beliefs or interests. Independent Creative Living (ICL) is planning to provide housing in a safe, stimulating and creative environment primarily, but not exclusively, for older creative people who are ready to move into smaller accommodation, but are still active and productive citizens interested in sharing their experience, skills and knowledge to benefit the creative, social and economic life and vitality of a region. It is unfortunately the case that the majority of creative people do not gain the commercial success needed to sustain productive and comfortable lives into old age and are heavily reliant on state pensions.

Independent Creative Living believes…

  • That older people can be purposeful, powerful, and inspiring
  • That people should have decent affordable homes in safe communities
  • That older artists and other older creative people have valuable skills, experience and knowledge which should be shared, both within ICL and with local and regional communities, in the spirit of collaboration, co-operation and mutuality
  • That older people need to be involved in the development and management of their housing, activities, events, amenities, services and opportunities
  • In diversity and welcomes people regardless of class, ethnicity, gender, belief, disability and sexuality.

ICL aims to develop individual 1-bed and 2-bed flats (all with outdoor sitting space, e.g. balcony/patio) at genuinely affordable rents, plus flexible shared space, including dining area, studios, performance space, a library/digital/film/seminar/education rooms and gardens. The communal spaces will be designed and built with flexibility and multi-purpose at its heart, able to accommodate different events and needs of residents. In addition, there will be a reception area, a small shop, car park, bike racks and a guest flat. All of the spaces will be energy and resource efficient, reducing ICL’s environmental impact and residents’ utility/service charge bills.

ICL is representative of the growing number of ideas for intentional communities for people in later life. More information can be found at:

InvestAge is a multi-stakeholder cooperative (No. 4604) registered with the Financial Conduct Authority under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. It is a member of Co-operatives UK and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association.

Registered Address: 13 Saville Street West, North Shields, NE29 6QP

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