A place to live

A place to grow

Our cohousing project …

will consist of individual dwelling units plus a Common House, all sited in an attractive market town.

Set in the beautiful Cotswolds, Cirencester has a population of 20,000. Its long history goes back to Roman times when it was second only to London in importance.

The town is connected to the M4 and M5 motorways by dual-carriageway roads, and served by Kemble railway station, coaches and buses.

The Local Development Plan calls for substantial housing development which will further secure the town’s future.

Finding work locally

Cirencester offers a wide range of job opportunities in the area encompassing Cheltenham, Swindon and Gloucester.

It has good public transport links to locations further afield such as Reading, Oxford, Bristol, the Midlands and the South West – with London only 80 miles away.

A basic principle of cohousing is to aim for a low carbon footprint, with households sharing resources as far as possible

We plan 32 units, with 60-80 mixed-generation residents living in self-contained houses and apartments. The mix of owner-occupied and rented dwellings will offer a balance of ‘affordable’ properties – either in shared ownership or rented.

Each unit will have its own small garden or balcony. Shared car parking will be provided at the site entrance near the Common House, with pedestrian-only access elsewhere – though with provision for disabled drivers and emergency vehicles.

Individual dwellings

  • one to four bedrooms per house or flat
  • a private garden or balcony
  • communal allotments
  • a large Common House
  • extensive outdoor play area
  • disabled access

CirenCoho Feasibility Study – Spring 2020

The video fly-through above shows our current thinking about how to wrap the residential units around a core that gives focus to the Common House and the shared areas for productive and decorative planting.

The Common House

  • kitchen with food stores
  • spacious dining room
  • children’s play area
  • room for meetings / social events
  • office and storage facilities
  • space for art and music
  • laundry
  • visitor accommodation
The Common House is our social hub. But privacy is just as important in a cohousing community as anywhere else

The residential units will overlook the shared areas, adding security for youngsters and more mature community members alike.

Ecologically-sensitive building standards

To keep down running costs and environmental impact, we plan to build to Passivhaus standards.

Passivhaus is the ‘gold standard’ for modern ecologically-sensitive building design

The Passivhaus Trust explains:

Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling. They are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, and can be certified through an exacting quality assurance process.

Find out more on the Passivhaus Trust website


CirenCoho is a member of the National Community Land Trust, UK Cohousing and is on the local Self Build Register. Homes England generously provide financial assistance.