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.


Latest Exciting News for Interested Enquirers!!

We have at last begun the process of building the affordable neighbourhood of sustainable eco-homes that has been in the planning stages for so long.  The first phase of off-plan houses and flats are being released in a few weeks time for leasehold purchase at 80% of open market value, and members of Bridport Cohousing Community Land Trust will at last be able to look forward to our dream becoming a reality, as we anticipate starting the groundworks in December and building the timber frame modular homes and common house by mid-Summer 2019.

The first step towards owning or renting one of these beautiful architect designed homes, situated on the northwest edge of Bridport and surrounded by delightful Dorset countryside, is to look at what the benefits of living in cohousing might mean for you and to become a member of the CLT. We hold regular events (HERE) for people who may be curious to learn about living in a neighbourhood where it is made easy for families and individuals to come together to enjoy shared activities like eating together and community gardening, while at the same time enjoying their own personal space, whenever they need it, and private self contained accommodation.

Keep a lookout for more news at the end of October, when the sales brochure will be available and sign up to our newsletter or phone 07907 993 587 for more information.

 

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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