We are a mutually supportive cohousing group, sharing values and aims, now living in 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.

If you share our values and our aims, perhaps you would like to join us? Plans for all homes may be seen here.  Although all are now allocated to existing members, it is always worth contacting us to enquire, as availability can change at any time. We would particularly like to hear from you if you might be interested in future in one of our three-bedroom houses; or earlier if a two-bedroom flat in our ‘phase two’ development of Cannock Mil House would be of interest. Please contact us on membership@cannockmillcohousingcolchester.co.uk 

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.  We will be creating a new website ‘soon’ but you can keep in touch with us on Facebook, or Instagram 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 have and will have — a common house where we can cook and eat together, say twice a week, where there are also guest rooms and a laundry, space for music … dancing … meditation … the possibilities are endless.  We share gardening, e-bikes, cars, a ‘library of things’ and do group shopping; our common facilities and functions are 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 eco-efficiency: low energy homes, water efficiency, solar power generation, growing fruit and veg — in other words ‘living lightly’. We also aim to be a full part of the wider community in Colchester.