Our Architecture team have supported St Congar’s Community Cohousing to develop innovative proposals for a new locally-led cohousing scheme in the heart of North Somerset. The project, whose pre-application has now been submitted, represents an exciting collaboration between the community, St Congar’s Community Cohousing, Barton Willmore and a range of local consultants that have been central to the ethos of cohousing.
The development, in the heart of the village of Congresbury, sits within a conservation area, providing an opportunity to create a high quality contemporary 24 home development. The homes will be occupied as an intergenerational cohousing community and have been designed to enable long term occupancy through changing periods of life.
The scheme will not only provide a new way of living, but also secure the long term viable use of the Grade 1 listed Vicarage and Refectory on the site. While the Vicarage would be converted into the Common house, the Refectory would continue to be made available and used for wider community activities for the benefit of the whole village. In addition, the model for living in an environment where of a caring community could help to reduce the need to access external care resources.
Sensitively designed and sustainable, the housing development will contribute significantly to the existing community. The proposals seek to reduce car dependence, improve site access and reposition an existing car park to create an environment that significantly improves the safety of children walking or cycling to the adjacent primary school.
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