Springhill Cohousing Community

David Michael

Postal Address
Springfield Road

Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
company limited by shares
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Springhill Cohousing is the first new build Cohousing Community in the UK and the first project of the Cohousing Company. The search for land started in 1999 and the site in Stroud was acquired in 2000. Very soon after, all the plots were pre-sold to members who designed the community and layout of their own houses/flats.

The principles of Cohousing are consensus decision making, pedestrianised estate, large common house for shared evening meals, private self-contained units.

The 35 houses, flats and studios are super-insulated, 20 houses have 49 kWp of PV solar panels, there is a car share scheme and the site is Town Centre. There are a number of committees eg. Kitchen, Garden, Parking, Disputes etc. which are mandated to make decisions. The idea is to reduce the number of large meetings and trust small groups to make decisions.

Joining is by self selection. The only criteria are that the new members agree with the principles of Cohousing and can afford to buy in. There are often rooms available for lodgers and houses and flats become available to rent or buy from time to time. Please register interest via the web site.

community does not share income
community requires capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community generates some of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community has organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Springhill Cohousing Community is currently looking for new members

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