In short, you get a comfortable, adaptable home, built to the highest eco standards!
Our homes will be built to Passivhaus standards which means meeting rigorous standards of thermal performance by being ultra-well insulated and having triple-glazed windows for example.
Of course, this costs a bit more to build, but annual heating costs are minimal.
The homes will be built to Lifetime Homes Standard too, so they’ll be easy to adapt for use when we get old and creaky. For instance, both the houses and flats will have spacious wheel-chair accessible layouts and gentle stairs and any necessary adaptation is facilitated (eg installing a lift or hoist) by the way they’re built. This could save a lot of expensive care costs in the long run!
All the houses are tucked into the sloping site, so have their living space on the top floor to take maximum advantage of natural light – and heat! Every house has a south-facing balcony leading off the living space and a garden designed for easy shared maintenance where preferred. Even the integral garages in the bigger houses are within the Passivhaus envelope and, to add to the eco-credentials, the houses will have living green roofs and external finishes that do not require painting.
The remaining spacious flats, though technically one-bedded, have a large (18sqm) bedroom accessible through two doors, allowing easy partition to provide an additional study or even two smaller bedrooms instead.
As you’d expect today, we’re investigating the best way of providing high speed internet and access to subscription and free to air broadcasting (including European satellites).
Every owner will also own a share of the common grounds and listed Mill, which will be our common house, with three floors of shared space for communal activities, such as meals, parties or just cosy evenings together. It’ll have extra guest rooms too, so although many of us are downsizing our homes, in reality we’ll be upsizing our living space!
We’re planning other shared amenities too: although members may keep a car on site, we intend to have a car share club, and in time, shared electric cars. Colchester has great cycle paths, so we’ll be providing a cycle store and a workshop for maintenance.
Fancy a dip? We’re planning to make the mill pond into a natural swimming pool. You don’t get that on your average housing estate!
When we aren’t being so active, there’ll be plenty of beautiful green space for relaxing in.
One of the most valuable benefits of living at Cannock Mill is being part of our caring, sharing community. This really has a value that money can’t measure, and benefits aplenty, most of which you probably know by now or you wouldn’t have read this far! The existing members of the group all believe that the value of being part of this cohousing community fully justifies the cost of their individual homes.
|Home number||Bedrooms||Size M2||Expected Price|
|9||2 (with garage)||133 m2||£512,000|
|15||3 (with garage)||144 m2||£574,000|
|20||3 (with garage)||144 m2||£568,000|
|22||3 (with garage)||144 m2||£568,000|
Our two bedroom houses without garages (costing between £315,000 and £323,000) and our two bedroom flats (costing between £229,000 and £242,000) are currently all taken. However, our experience shows that the list of homes available can change as members’ situations change, so if the type of home you are interested in isn’t currently available, it would still be worth getting involved ‘to get in the queue’.