Thanks to Sam Goss our architect who did the drawings used on this website


We are a group of local people working to create an affordable cohousing neighbourhood in Bridport.  We have negotiated the option to purchase land immediately to the west of Bridport Community hospital, in two phases.

We bought the land!


 Celebration on the equinox


It’s 20th March 2018, the snow’s gone and we’ve just learned that we now really own the land for phase one and the right of access to it!  So a propitious opportunity for those of us who could be there – to do just that. We recorded the event with a few pictures (once we had disentangled ourselves from the bunting!).


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On February 11th 2016 we were granted full planning permission for Phase 1 of our project:

  • 34 homes, from 1 bed apartments to 4 bed family homes, with a high level of sustainability (AECB Silver Standard);
  • Of these 17 will be housing association homes for affordable rent (80% of open market rents) for local people; the rest will be for leasehold sale at 80% of open market value;
  • A common house – offering a range of facilities for cohousing residents and the wider community;
  • Lots of shared green-space.


In February 2017 we submitted planning permission for Phase 2 but planners had objections to our proposed siting of self-build plots. We did considerable work with a review panel on how best to integrate these with the overall design, but on further consultation with our members it was decided to step away from the whole idea of having a self-build element, which would have added an extra layer of complexity to the scheme.

Our simplified Phase 2 application, which is currently in the process of gaining approval, now consists of:

  • 19 homes – 1 bed apartments and 2,3 and 4 bed terraced houses
  • Housing Association homes for affordable rent for local people.
  • leasehold purchase homes – either finished or for self-finish.
  • shared space for allotments
  • access to common house

NB Affordability is as defined by the Government, 80% of open market rents or sale prices.

In March 2018
we finally got an access agreement with the Dorset NHS Trust in place and purchased the land for Phase 1 of our development.

At the moment, members:
•    meet regularly to work together to develop the project and get to know one another;
•    regularly hold events where those interested in our project can meet us;
•    welcome new members who are interested in living in the project, in particular those with young children;
•    anticipate a successful outcome for our Planning Application for phase 2;
•    are working towards the building of phase 1.


Our professional advisors are Charles Couzens of Ecos Maclean Ltd, a sustainable engineering consultancy based in London and Somerset; and Alan Heeks, who founded and co-led the creation of the Threshold Cohousing Centre in North Dorset, the first mixed-tenure cohousing scheme in the UK, in partnership with Synergy Housing. Our architects are Sam Goss and colleagues at Barefoot Architects.


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