We are holding a free cohousing/Cannock Mill discovery event in London, 12.30 – 16.15, 29 September 2018. Come along and meet us, starting with a shared lunch. For further info and to register for a place, please Email:

If you are interested in joining Cannock Mill soon you may be in luck. A three-bedroom house has unexpectedly become available, having been under offer.


We are a mutually supportive cohousing group, sharing values and aims, building our own low energy and environmentally friendly homes with a shared ‘common house’, land and facilities at Cannock Mill, Colchester.

Our website provides information on us, our project and on cohousing generally.  We hope you will enjoy finding out about us, how we work together and our plans for the future. If you share our values and our aims, perhaps you would like to join us? All but one of the available homes are currently allocated to existing members (see STOP PRESS) but we welcome those interested in living at Cannock Mill in the future and it is always worth contacting us to inquire about availability, as circumstances may change at any time.

We publish ‘Cannock Mill News’, our email newsletter, so if you are interested you don’t have to remember to check this website for developments. Please subscribe by clicking HERE. You can also keep in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Why cohousing?

The simple answer is because it enables a caring, sharing way of life that eliminates the social isolation that threatens many today, especially in later life, and recreates the neighbourly support of the past.

In cohousing, we know our neighbours and look out for each other; we choose as much privacy or as much socialising as we want; we decide collectively what shared facilities we want to build — a common house where we can cook and eat together, say twice a week, where there will also be guest rooms, a workshop, library, laundry, space for music … dancing … a gym … the possibilities are endless.  We can share gardening, cars, skills, carers in old age — with common facilities and functions jointly owned and run by us.

As a cohousing group, we do not have any central religious or social agenda, we are just individuals who see the benefits of an intentional community.  We have agreed, however, that we all aim for maximum eco-efficiency: low energy homes, water efficiency, solar power generation, growing fruit and veg — in other words ‘living lightly’. We will also integrate with and contribute to the wider community in Colchester.