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

Frequently Asked Questions

about living in a cohousing neighbourhood

1. What will it be like living in the Bridport Cohousing?1401_place-to-share
In many ways living in cohousing is like living in a traditional neighbourhood or small village. Residents will all know one another, socialise together and support each other. To gain these benefits residents take on greater obligations than with a normal tenancy agreement or lease, to share the running and maintenance of the community.

2. Will there be workshop space, work opportunities and the sharing of skills within the community?
Yes, possibly, if the residents want these things.

3. Will there be good children’s facilities, play areas and the sharing of child care?
Very likely, if this is what residents want.

4. Will there be access to community and educational events and other opportunities?
Yes, if this is what residents want.

5. How “green” is cohousing?
Sustainable living is an important part of cohousing, and we encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible. Ideally people will work from home or locally and may be able to commute by bicycle or car sharing. Car ownership may be limited to one per household. One big benefit of living in a cohousing neighbourhood means that we can expect many of our household bills to be lower than in an entirely independent household.

In developing the new homes on the site we are aiming to build in as ‘green’ a way as possible using a design and materials that make a minimal impact on the environment. This could mean for example not having a washing machine in your own kitchen but using the shared laundry. We may have a central heat source supplying all the homes with heat and hot water, and some electricity from PV panels. We aim to grow as much of our own fruit and vegetables as possible.

6. Can my friends and family come to visit/stay?
Of course! If you have room they can stay with you in your own home, or you might want to hire a guest room in the common house for a modest charge.

7. How are the rules regulated and enforced?
We operate a lot on trust. However if there is consensus within the community that someone is persistently not complying with the agreements a sanctions process will be outlined in our lease agreement and handbook. Ultimately a resident may be asked to leave.

8. Can I bring my pet?
The community will develop a Pets Policy, for the benefit of pets and residents. This is likely to limit the overall number of pets kept on the site.

9. What happens if I fall out with someone?
In choosing to live here, you commit to making every effort to resolve disputes and differences as quickly as possible. Sometimes it may be necessary to ask someone else living in the community to act as a mediator. In serious cases we may appoint an external mediator.

10. How are decisions made?
When making policy we operate a consent decision‐making process. This means we seek to find a solution that takes account of everyone’s views, and actively seek objections, because they can often improve the final outcome.

11. When will the homes be built?
In about 2 years time; we hope sooner rather than later.