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Cirencester Cohousing

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  • Cirencester plan 2016

We plan for a common house, and 24 to 32 units (self-contained houses and apartments) in a mix of 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 bedrooms. Each unit will have an amount of private space (small yard or balcony). There will be shared car parking at the entrance site by the common house, with pedestrian-only access elsewhere, though with provision for disabled drivers and emergency vehicles. The rest of the outdoor area will be planned for meet and greet space, children’s play area, food production, party cooking, orchard and decorative planting and livestock care. The shared facilities in the common house will include a kitchen with food stores, a spacious dining room that will double as a children’s play area, cinema, performance space, and room for meetings and social events. There will be an office, a workshop, art studios and a soundproof studio for music rehearsals and recording. There will be storage facilities and a laundry. Comfortable accommodation will be included for visitors or for live-in carers.

Our community will be supportive, consensual, and cooperative. It is our common intention to share and contribute to and jointly manage the community; and to run the community in an environmentally sustainable way. A central feature of our communal life is that we eat together on a regular basis. We have a positive commitment to diversity and inclusion with respect to age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability. The building units will be designed as lifetime homes and we will be proactive in accommodating independent people with learning disabilities or people with disabled dependents.

We have no formal partnerships with housing providers, but have support from Cirencester Town Council and interest from developers and a firm of architects that specialise in passivhaus architecture.
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