Intentional Communities in the North of England

Places in the
North of England

Ashram Community (S4 7AY)

Ashram Community began in 1967, with the intention of developing committed urban communities, which would develop appropriate new forms of Christian community related to urban needs. This led to having inner-city Community Houses in the 1970's to 1990's, in seven cities. Now, it is concentrated in Sheffield. There are three 2-person Community Houses and three Community Flats, plus two shop projects. The first of these, the Ashram Centre and New Roots Shop (wholefoods, fruit and veg, Traidcraft) was opened in 1987. The second, the Burngreave Ashram, was opened in 2001. It is a complex of shops and residences, with accommodation…

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Botton Village (YO21 2NJ)

Botton Village, an intentional community within the worldwide Camphill Movement, is home to 330 people, about 140 of whom are adults with special needs. People work on the land, which includes farms, gardens and forest, in workshops and in our houses. We live together as extended families where we share most meals together. Everyone contributes to the wellbeing of the community through their work, irrespective of ability, and our needs are met, not by a wage system, but by sharing resources according to individual requirements. Every year, we have many young short term co-workers coming to us, mainly from the…

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Brambles Housing Co-op (S3 9EH)

Brambles is a Housing Cooperative based in Sheffield that began as a Radical Routes Co-op in 1992. We share two adjacent houses in a vibrantly multicultural but economically poor area of Sheffield called Burngreave. We usually home between 6-9 members, a variety of urban wildlife and act as a stop-off point for many more folk. We have an amazing ‘Permaculture’ garden, dubbed ‘Paradise in Pitsmoor’ by one of our previous members, complete with fruit trees and bushes, vegetable beds, up cycled hot-tub, rainwater harvest system, greenhouse, community workshop, fire pit, frog pond and integrated compost system. We also have an…

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Brotherhood Church (WF8 3DF)

Although we are not religious now, The Brotherhood Church originated as a Christian Pacifist Group over 100 years ago. Around 1892 it was jointly at Purley in Essex with Tolstoyans. In 1898 the Tolstoyans in the group decided to move to Whiteway in Gloucestershire. The rest of the group were Christian Pacifists and were based in Leeds. Both men and women were prosecuted and imprisoned in both first and second world wars for being conscientious objectors. After WW1, there was a strong feeling of the need to be more fully involved in the land - members felt it very important…

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The Burrow Housing Co-op (M11 1JX)

The Burrow is a queer-centred housing co-operative in East Manchester. We moved into our permanent building, a former hostel, in 2015. It is a 13-bedroom house, home to nine adults, one child, one cat and one tortoise. Several organisations and small businesses operate from The Burrow. We regularly organise social and political events at the Burrow. To be updated on these, as well as announcements relating to the co-op, ask a member to be added to our Facebook group or Whatsapp chat.

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Cordata Co-operative (M20 3EA)

Cordata Co-operative is the first of several new co-operative house projects that enable groups of people to live in a more sustainable way in large urban houses. Cordata co-operative is in Withington in south Manchester. The house is is owned by a secondary co-operative and run by members of the co-operative house, who have complete control over who lives there, how the space is used, what it looks like. This model also allows for a complete low energy refurbishment, so we have fitted solar panels, a complete insulation envelope, rainwater collection, and other energy reducing features. Current members are a…

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Cornerstone Housing Co-operative (LS7 3HB)

Cornerstone is not so much a community as a collective of people who share the running of a housing co-op, but who have different political perspectives and focuses for their daily lives. Cornerstone has two large Victorian houses in Chapeltown, a culturally diverse part of inner-city Leeds. Both houses need a lot of ongoing maintenance, and have large gardens front and back, which we variously hang out in, tend or leave wild, attracting wildlife and producing some food (herbs, fruit and veg). One house has space for 7 members, the other for 8, and there are sometimes short and long-term…

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Firelight Housing Co-op (LS6 2JG)

Firelight is a small, friendly housing co-operative in Woodhouse, Leeds.

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Fireside Housing Co-op (S3 9DN)

Fireside has a row of five mid-terrace Victorian houses in Burngreave in Sheffield. We’ve knocked our long and skinny gardens into one, giving us plenty of room to play, grow organic veg, have bonfires and parties. The gardens back onto a Victorian cemetery so there’s lots of green space and wildlife around even though we’re in an inner-city area. There’s also an adventure playground at the end of the road. The ages of the 9 adults living here range from early 20s to early 60s. We live mostly as five separate households, but we have knocked a connecting…

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Forgebank (LA2 6FD)

Forgebank is an eco cohousing development consisting of 35 leasehold homes, shared buildings and riverside woodland habitat. The site is just outside Lancaster on the outskirts of the village of Halton and offers stunning views of the river Lune. We aspire to be a cutting edge example of sustainable ‘eco’ design, for both living and working, with close links to the local community. The homes have achieved both Passivhaus and Code for Sustainable Homes level 6 certifications, and we benefit from many eco technologies such as heating from a central biomass/ solar system, and electricity from solar PV panels and…

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Giroscope (HU3 6BH)

Giroscope set up in 1985 when a group of like minded people inspired by the writings of Colin Ward and Ivan Illich decided to take action to house themselves. The following year we set up as a workers co-operative and launched ourselves into house buying, house renovating and communal living. At the start of this year 2007, we were down to one founding member so the decision was taken to cease being a co-operative and register as a charity. We now have 25 houses providing accommodation for people in housing need in West Hull. We also own a solar powered…

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Green Wood Housing Co-operative (LS8 4DW)

Green Wood is a housing cooperative that bought its house in 2019. Some of the current group are the original members who formed and developed it together. We're still in the early stages, so some parts of the house are lovely and other bits of the house need some work doing to them to get things looking and feeling warm and homely. We have a 4-floored house accessed by steps at the front and back doors, with a sun-dappled kitchen-diner, garage, 6 bedrooms, plans (with funding) to convert the existing basement into a living room, and a design to join…

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Holy Rood House (Y07 1HX)

A place of peace and tranquillity, overlooking the Hambledon Hills, the Centre for Health and Pastoral Care offers therapeutic and safe space for people of all ages. Discovering acceptance and a relaxed environment, guests find empowerment to work towards their own health and well being, with professional support from counsellors, psychotherapists, masseurs and creative arts therapists. The friendship and care of staff and the residential community, excellent home cooking, gardens and animals, laughter and sharing, create a sense of belonging, and a few days or a couple of weeks becomes an important oasis in life for many people. The gentle…

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The Land of Roots (DH7 8EN)

The Land of Roots Ltd is a co-operative company that owns and manages Cooke’s West Wood, 15.5 acres of land just outside of Durham City. We manage the land using permaculture methods, ethics and principles. The land includes permanent pasture and woodland. The four of us produce a variety of products from the land including vegetables, salad, herbs, lamb, charcoal, willow baskets, chickens, eggs and fruit. Our community is small, consisting of two families with occasional visitors and plenty of volunteers. The Land of Roots co-op owns our land and we trade as another co-op called Abundant Earth.

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Lifespan Community Collective (S36 4JG)

Lifespan Community Collective (aka Townhead Collective) is made up of around 15 adults and 7 kids We have 19 old railway cottages on 3 acres of land in rural Yorkshire. Lifespan was formed in the early seventies as a rural community and has been through different stages of communal living. At present, it is a housing co-op whose main aim is to provide housing for its members. We have our own personal space, as well as communal areas comprising of rooms for visitors, living room, kitchen, bathroom and games room. We try to live with as little impact on the…

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LILAC (LS5 3AG)

Lilac means Low Impact Living Affordable Community. We are an affordable, urban co-housing development in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have a unique shared ownership model which is the first of its kind in the world. Our community consists of 20 private strawbale and timber eco-homes of different sizes, grouped around our shared common house and pond. Lilac is home to 34 adult members and 13 children, two dogs, three cats and a lot of frogs. Our site is designed using co-housing principles with shared facilities in the middle such as our common house with its dining room for communal meals,…

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Lunesdale Community (LA2 6QH)

The Lunesdale Community is a new ecumenical Christian community, currently welcoming new members. We intend to be a diverse, international community of families, individuals and couples, sharing life together through prayer, meals, work and study. We moved into a large house in October 2015 in the village of Halton, near Lancaster, in the Lune Valley. This is becoming our Ecumenical Centre for Contemplation and Study. The components of our commitment to sharing life together include: - Daily pattern of community prayer (morning and evening), in the style of Taizé, centred around silence and reflection - Individual commitment to on-going study…

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New Brighton Arts Lab (CH45 9JA)

Inspired by the countercultural arts lab movement of the 1960s, the New Brighton Arts Lab is a beautiful six bedroom house in New Brighton, opposite the Gorsehill Water Tower. We are a five minute walk away from New Brighton train station, and ten minutes from a 3.5km promenade, the longest in Britain. By car, we are 20 minutes away from Liverpool, 30 minutes from Chester and an hour from Manchester, where some of us work. The mix of different individuals brings diversity to our experience of living together, including different social, environmental and cultural perspectives, and interests ranging from music,…

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Nutclough Housing Co-op (HX7 8HA)

Nutclough Housing Co-operative began in the Nutclough Tavern in December 2002 in Hebden Bridge, set in the beautiful Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. The building was formerly a terrace of cottages, part of which used to be a pub Currently resident are five people, each with a private bedroom, living mostly in the upper floor with a long corridor joining the rooms. The ground floor of the building is shared communal space consisting of a large, open-plan kitchen/dining area and lounge, with a large, beautiful, terraced, hill-side garden which gets sun all day [if there's any to be had!] We have…

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Oakleigh (S4 7AG)

Oakleigh comfortably accommodates 8 people, and the house is so lovely and spacious that occupants tend to stay for 3-10 years before moving on. However sometimes we host volunteers or guests on short courses in Sheffield, and at other times the house is quieter when several people are away. This gives the house an ever changing rhythm between times when only a couple of people are around or larger communal meals with an eclectic combination of dishes. The mix of individuals brings a mix of personalities to the house, with interests ranging from music, dance, crafts, allotments, foraging and preserving,…

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On the Brink (S11 9BB)

We are a cohousing community in Nether Edge, Sheffield and have been living on site since May 2018. We converted a lovely old house which had been used by the NHS for many years into 11 beautiful and unique flats. This spring (2020) we will be starting to build the second phase of our community which will offer homes to 4 more families. Our intention is to create a community which is a model for other cohousing groups and to engage with the wider community in promoting ideas of community and sustainability. Residents of On The Brink (OTB) have their…

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Pennine Camphill Community (WF4 3JL)

Our main area of work is supporting a college for students with learning disabilities. We're quite a mixed bunch, some who have lived here for many years and some who come just for a year to help out. There's always an international flavour within the community which we encourage. Co-workers living within the community have their everyday needs met but don't receive a wage but others contribute through more conventional arrangements. Our farm, garden and craft workshops create unique 'hands on' learning for our students. We are also home to Wakefield Riding for the Disabled, a project we have run…

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Rose Howey Housing Co-operative (L8)

Rose Howey Housing Co-operative, is a member co-op of Radical Routes, and is a large house on the edge of a beautiful park near the centre of Liverpool. Its tenants are living together to foster a supportive home which encourages communal living and supports its members to engage with radical social change and ecologically minded living. All communal spaces are vegan, and there are currently nine children living in the house, including some who are home educated. The vision of the house also includes providing spaces for local community projects, such as MaMa (Migrant Artists Mutual Aid), People's Kitchen, Rose…

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Share Instead (S7 1DS)

We are a relatively new housing co-op in Sheffield, since 2015. In our house, costs and responsibilities are shared and we run on co-operative principles. We are a mainly vegetarian and vegan-friendly household who share cooking and costs of food, and grow some food together. We are striving to live sustainably and support our members to work for peace and social change. We are a member of the Radical Routes network. If you are interested in knowing more about us get in touch by email or phone. 

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Shirle Hill Cohousing (S11 9DY)

Shirle Hill Cohousing is a community of ten households, aged from 1 to 70. We have five refurbished flats in a beautfiul old house and five new Ecohouses. We have a shared living room, dining room, laundry and other amenities, all in an acre of grounds in Nether Edge, Sheffield. The site includes lawns, mature trees, vegetable and flower beds, a bike shed, car parking and electric car charging point.

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Summerhill Housing Co-operative (NE4 6EB)

Summerhill Housing Co-operative is made up of two shared houses with 6 bedrooms each, both of which are on a beautiful street in central Newcastle.

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Tangram Housing Co-op (LS8 5AD)

Tangram is a registered Housing Co-operative. We have 39 units of accommodation, all in or near Bank Side Street in Harehills, Leeds. They range from studio flats through to four-bedroom family houses. Our application process can be lengthy, and it may be some time before a vacancy arises. We are probably most suitable for people already in the Leeds area. We are a Registered Social Landlord regulated by the Homes & Communities Agency. This means that any vacancies are allocated on the basis of housing need. The Co-op is run by the tenants with support from a part-time worker. All…

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301 Housing Co-operative (LS7 3JT)

Established in 1982, 301 Housing Cooperative consists of seven flats based in two large Victorian houses in the Chapeltown area of Leeds. 301 is run collectively by its members with monthly general meetings, subgroup meetings and with individual roles as required. 301’s aim is to provide supportive comfortable and affordable housing to people in housing need. Due to our low turnover we do not operate a waiting list, but advertise widely locally and on the leeds housing coops blog when vacancies do arise.

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Wellhouse Community (LN7)

We up date this entry as our ongoing situation changes. We are small community of 4 - 8 people (the numbers vary as we accept temporary house mates as well as people looking to find a more permanent community (currently 3x adults and 1x child 3 years old) living in a large, recently purchased 6 bedroom town house with outbuildings, summer house, a workshop, garden and private courtyard. The house is 3 storey and dates back to 1865 having been former residence of the Duke of St Albans. It was purchased for a relatively low price as it needs quite…

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West End Housing Co-operative (NE4 5NL)

The West End Housing Co-op is a small housing co-op of 12 houses and flats in the Westgate Hill area of Newcastle upon Tyne. Members of the co-op live in their own households but meet collectively once a month to organise repairs, rents, housing allocations and other matters of mutual concern. All members are tenants of the Co-op (and vice versa). All the Co-operative’s properties are securely alarmed and have gas central heating. The West End Housing Co-operative operates an Equal Opportunities Policy. Properties are allocated according to criteria that seek to meet both housing need and a willingness to…

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