K1, Cambridge Cohousing’s 40-home custom build site in Orchard Park, north Cambridge, has been awarded planning permission. Approval was granted with a vote of 11 for and one against, reflecting the level of support that South Cambridgeshire District Council, a Vanguard council, has for cohousing.
Designed by architects Mole Architects, the scheme will be built close to Passivhaus standards by enabler TOWNhus – a collaboration between TOWN and Swedish housebuilders Trivselhus, using Trivselhus’s factory-made closed timber panel system.
The scheme comprises terraced houses and paired flats which offer purchasers a wide choice of plot, internal size and layout, fitting and finishings and external brick finish. There is also an apartment building, workshop and ‘common house’ for residents to socialise in, all of which is laid out around a large shared garden and shared-surface lane. The differernt housing types allows for flexible choice of layouts to suit personal circumstances.
A small number of units are still available, interested parties should register with Cambridge Couhousing
This is great news for cohousing. Award-winning Mole Architects has created a smart, accessible design that meets its residents’ needs and helps site the development into the wider community. Cohousing is innovation in action – many a council trying to establish what affordable or group custom build should look like, or indeed how it is enabled, should take note of this, and other cohousing, schemes. They are leading the way in differentiated and innovative housing supply in the UK, and their shared elements, such as gardens and common rooms, help create community.