Are you nearing retirement age and exploring your options (possibly thinking of downsizing)?
You may find those options are pretty limited, especially if you are on a budget with no big pension pot to look forward to. If you’re interested in living more sustainably then there are even fewer opportunities, with housebuilders still clinging to 20th-century building methods and technologies.
We are planning something different – an affordable, low-impact community of like-minded people with similar values – a senior cohousing community.
‘Senior cohousing’ isn’t something many Britons have heard of, although it is popular in Scandinavia and some parts of Europe, as well as North America. Cohousing communities are inter-generational groups of like-minded people for whom community is important, who look out for each other and who share communal spaces – where they can come together to meet, eat etc – but each own individual dwellings. Senior cohousing takes this a step further in that the communities are for older people – in our case, over-55’s.
Would you like to be part of an active, supportive community that gets together regularly for meals, produces much of our own food and continues to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle in our later years? We’ll have a large commercial greenhouse, communal gardens and the shared resources of the communal building which will include laundry facilities, kitchen and dining area and space to meet for social activities, as well as accommodation for visitors. Renewable energy is key: a community energy scheme is planned and the dwellings will be insulated to Passivhaus-standard to further reduce energy costs. The buildings will be easy to maintain, durable and cost-effective and use sustainable, natural materials wherever possible.
It’s all about quality of life, really – creating a life-enhancing rural environment for over 55’s, a community where mutual support, kindness and respect are fundamental. Where we can look forward to later lives free from loneliness and isolation, from the worry of escalating energy costs and the burden of maintaining properties that no longer meet our needs.
If you’d like to be part of this exciting project and would like to know more, then we’d love to hear from you!