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Together we will build a place which is beautiful, environmentally, socially and financially sustainable, friendly and fun.

We want a balance of private and shared space for meeting and socialising – enabling us to build a strong community and facilitating ‘neighbourliness’. We would like to be able to share resources, perhaps car sharing, tool sharing and skill swapping where possible, and live more cooperatively than the typical street.

We will design something which will enable this by encouraging chance encounters through inclusion of shared facilities and communal gardens. These will allow us to meet for both business and social activities.

Each household will have their own energy efficient, flexible home and private space, but we envisage spending time with each other as a community, and doing things together on a regular basis.

We want to live somewhere our shared values of sustainability and environmental friendliness are prioritised, where everyone feels safe and secure. We want a community where everyone is valued equally and everyone pitches in. We want a safe space for our children to play and grow up. We want to be able to drink tea together regularly (and perhaps the odd beer)!

Available Properties

We are building 42 off plan purchased properties. Two one bedroom affordable flats will not be available to purchase until the build is completed with an application process through the South Cambridge District Councils Home Choice. Currently we have ten three and four bedroom family homes and three two bedroom apartments available for reservation with an estimated on site start date in Spring 2017. The design created in a collaborative process promotes sustainable living and community cohesion. Twenty-seven of the properties have already been reserved by members, who will have architect designed homes with individual outdoor space, a shared communal garden and a stunning common house where we will share meals and have social gatherings. The Common house will also feature a large community kitchen, a laundry, children’s play space and three spare bedrooms for members to access for guests. The communal garden will be a space for residents to relax, children to run around, food to be grown, games to be played, and gardeners to get creative.

The estimated completion date is late 2017/early 2018. (Information update January 2017).

Cambridge News: 30th July 2015
Spirit of Scandinavia to run through Cambridge's first co-housing scheme

Cambridge News: 6th October 2015
Orchard Park residents see if they can live together

Housing Planning Help:  18 May 2016
Podcast about setting up K1 Cohousing [you will need iTunes]

Planning Application: submitted 22nd December 2015

This is the main project planning stage: acquiring the site, gaining planning permission, finding funding and tendering with a contractor. This stage concludes with signing off funding and moving on-site to start the construction works.
Regular Events: 
We have two open members' meetings a month (posted on our website) and socials about every 1-2 months, usually hosted by a kindly member in their home.

Cambridge K1 Consensus Decision Making

Rachel Bollen

Cohousing and consensus – developing a new cohousing community

Currently, a core of 23 families are in the process of planning and designing a brand new neighbourhood for around 40 households, where community spirit will be intrinsic. They are all members of Cambridge Cohousing Ltd (CCL), the company they have formed to help them realise their ambition of a cohousing community at a site called K1 in Orchard Park Cambridge.

K1 August Press Release

Rachel Bollen

Cambridge Cohousing Attracts New Members

Cambridge Cohousing held a successful open evening on 30 July in Orchard Park Community Centre, where a roomful of people interested in cohousing heard about the plans for K1 Orchard Park, Cambridge’s first cohousing neighbourhood.

Due to the interest in the scheme, another open event will be held on 5 September (in the afternoon, at the same venue). Further details will be posted at

K1 June Press Release

Rachel Bollen

With outline planning permission secured, Cambridge’s first cohousing project is moving into its next exciting stages.

The K1 project is now well underway with the process of selecting the preferred developer in conjunction with Cambridge City Council.

After eighteen months of collaborative work, with support from the Homes and Communities Agency, the Council and planners, the K1 members (who have formed a company called Cambridge Cohousing Ltd) are getting closer to realising their vision.