We are planning to build between 15 to 20 flats with either one or two bedrooms, a living room/kitchen area, a bathroom and balcony or patio.
Communal areas will include a large flexible space for eating, meeting and relaxing; a shared laundry; guest rooms; office space; storage for bikes, tools etc; green spaces and growing spaces; shady and sunny spots.
While we expect most of our homes to be self-funded and owner-occupied, we want to include other tenure options if possible.
Although we would prefer a new build, we’re happy to consider the retrofitting of suitable properties as well.
Our preference is to work with a Housing Association who will act as developer to deliver our Vision and also as Registered Provider (social landlord) to manage any subsidised homes we are able to include. We will also consider working with a private developer.
We will make it easy to live a low carbon and affordable lifestyle which also meets our future mobility and other needs.
Our ideal site in South Manchester will have everyday shops and services, health and leisure facilities and green spaces close by.
Think 20 minute neighbourhood!
It will have good public transport links to both city and countryside, and be in an area with good air quality.
Our cohousing design principles include designing for informal interactions, healthy and comfortable homes, active ageing, individual wellbeing, sharing resources, low maintenance and running costs.
They align with the HAPPI principles.
Living lightly is a high priority for us, as it is for many cohousing groups. We’re aiming for certified Passivhaus, renewable energy generation, minimising lifetime carbon, biodiversity, resilience to climate change, adaptation to weather extremes and active travel.
Residents will be members of Manchester Urban Cohousing, which is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
Our constitution enshrines consensus decision making.
The policies we write will reflect our values and guiding principles.
We will agree a framework for living together as respectful and supportive neighbours and managing our cohousing.
Eating together regularly, using a communal laundry and pooling cars will help us to share resources.
We are also committed to playing a full part in the wider community.