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Vision and Values

An informal and harmonious cohousing neighbourhood which is open to all who share, or have an interest in, our values.terrace-view Our vision is of beautiful shared spaces and places to live, work and play that benefit the wider community as well as residents, guided by the principles of equality and sustainability.

Our Values

Our Aim is to create a neighbourhood that generates Sustainability: through shared resources: car pooling, market garden, green energy systems and facilities (e.g. laundry, guest rooms)

Community: creating a neighbourhood with mutual support, good social life, a safe setting, and common ownership and values

Affordability: house prices and rents at 80% of market rate.  Shared facilities mean individual units can be smaller and more affordable. Mutual support cuts living costs.

Features of our neighbourhood

The scale and facilities are tailored to the specific site and the target features include:

  • 53 units of housing, with sizes ranging from one-bedroom flats to family houses
  • A high level of social housing provision, 50% of homes will be housing association homes for rent, with ideally some for part buy/part rent
  • Strong focus on sustainability, likely to include zero-emissions heating systems, homes with high insulation levels, car pooling, electric bicycles and limits on private car ownership
  • Community allotment: space on site where both cohousing residents and others can grow food
  • Workspaces: small office, studio and therapy space, plus scope to use the large meeting space for workshops and training groups
  • Guest accommodation for educational visitors, eco-tourism, and residents’ guests
  • Community facilities: the project aims to provide a range of facilities and services for residents and the wider community: such as a car club, playgroup, special interest groups, and the community allotment.

Phase 2 has now gained planning permission and will provide 10 housing association homes for affordable rent for local people; 9 homes for leasehold sale; and further shared green space.