Lancaster, Halton Village, United Kingdom

  • Last updated: January 15, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 11, 2007

Mission Statement

Cohousing, Ecological

Community Description

We are an intergenerational cohousing community of 41 PassivHaus homes with extensive workshop and office spaces which are used by residents and local businesses. We are based in Halton, 3 miles outside of Lancaster city along the riverside cycle track. We moved in during 2012-13 and opened the eco-workshop spaces (2000m2) in Sept 2013.

We are committed to making Forgebank a cutting edge example of sustainable design and living. The homes are PassivHaus and are built to CSH level 6. We have photovoltaic cells, district heating off a biomass boiler and have plans to install a hydro scheme.

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  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 7.4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 41
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    6 units have the option to be associate, rather than full, members


    plus other outbuidings


  • Adult Members: 68
  • Child Members: 15
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Check our website and book a tour through eventbrite or contact us at [email protected]

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Forge Bank leaseholders will be living in the cohousing community; please chat to full members and read our documents for more details of what this involves.

    Applicants should fill in the Forge Bank full membership application form.

    Please note the following about Forge Bank full membership applications:

    We believe that it takes time for the “mutual selection” process to operate. Please do try to come to socials and meetings so that we can get to know each other.
    As a minimum we would ask that applicants should have attended a social and 2 meetings including a General Meeting before their application goes to a GM. Usually General Meetings are the weekend of the second Sunday of the month.
    We also ask applying/new members to attend an integration meeting before joining in our decision-making process. The integration meeting is an opportunity to find out a lot more detail about the project; how decisions are made, where we have got to in the process, how to access information, where and when we meet and socialize, etc.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:



  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $120
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 3
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Two – three hours per week, plus monthly cook & clean, plus meetings.

    maintenance and service charges

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Communal meals are usually vegan and vegetarian

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Jewish, Quaker
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual

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Cohousing, Passiv, Code 6, Lancaster, England, UK, Eco, live-work, home-working