We are delighted to have just been granted planning permission to convert Cannock Mill House, a large Victorian house that sits in a corner of the Cannock Mill plot, into flats, creating three more energy-efficient homes. The floorplans, for what will be phase two of our development, are accessible here.
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? Although all but one of the available phase one homes are currently allocated to existing members (see ‘Homes still available’) 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.
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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.