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Cohousing NI

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The overall purpose of Cohousing NI is to create urban and rural housing schemes, with 10 -20 affordable housing units, apartments or houses, rented or owner occupied; where residents have their own homes, yet also have use of shared facilities such as a common house, gardens, car pools, and renewable energy schemes; where residents actively cooperate in the planning of the project and in maintaining its shared resources when up and running; and where residents have one goal in mind: to create and be part of a vibrant, diverse and intergenerational community living in a safe, and mutually supportive, environment.

Our Values


  • Commitment to cooperative ways of working, with a balance between non-hierarchy and efficiency 
  • Inclusivity
  • accessibility
  • Decision making by consent, using principles of transparency, inclusiveness and accountable
  • Social solidarity
  • Commitment to conflict resolution processes, restorative practice, based on mutual respect and inclusivity 


  • Eco – carbon positive
  • Sustainability


  • Genuine affordability for everyone
  • Support for rental as well as ownership forms of tenure
The focus is on finding a site and raising money. The group will have to work up a business plan and may have commissioned some feasibility studies. They may have their first experience of small scale contracts with professionals. This stage ends when a ‘definite’ site is found. There may be several iterations of this stage.
To create and sustain a cohesive, resilient and outward looking group; to create a cohousing movement in Northern Ireland and to persue activities that will make cohousing a reality in Northern Ireland
Regular Events: 
Monthly meeting of members.

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