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

Welcome

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.

Loan Offer

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Our last big news was that we had paid the deposit for the purchase of the site of our cohousing scheme.   With the site access agreed with the NHS Trust, we now need to fund the purchase of the land.

To achieve this we have launched a Loan Offer Prospectus, inviting members, friends and supporters of Bridport Cohousing, and their friends, who are interested in social investments to make loans of £1,000 plus.  We have opted for this size of loan because, as a small community-led development, we need to know we can administer the volume of paperwork generated by these loans.

We’re looking to raise £250,000 by the end of January.  There is a Reply Form at the end of the prospectus which people can use to tell us, by 10 January, that they wish to invest, and we send a loan agreement form for them to sign and return to us by 31 January.

(For a full prospectus click HERE)

 

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.

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In February 2017 we submitted our planning application for Phase 2

  • 28 homes, from 1 bed apartments to 4 bed family homes, with a high level of sustainability (AECB Silver Standard);
  • Of these
    • 13 will be housing association homes for affordable rent for local people;
    • 15 are for leasehold sale, with 6 finished/ self- finish and 9 self build serviced plots;
  • Shared space for allotments.

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.

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

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 clearing up the last few legal details that will enable the phase 1 build to start.

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