Welcome to Lancaster Cohousing

Our multi award winning eco cohousing community at Forgebank consists of private homes, community facilities, workshops/offices/studios and shared outdoor space. We are around 65 adults and 15 children. We eat some meals together, make our decisions by consensus, and enjoy meeting our neighbours in our pedestrian street and the Common House. Our cosy and comfortable homes meet Passivhaus and Code for Sustainable Homes (level 6) standards, and we benefit from renewable technologies (solar, biomass and hydroelectricity). Living at Forgebank also enables us to live a lower impact lifestyle in many ways e.g. through our travel plan and car club, cooperative food store, shared meals and other shared resources.

This article in Positive News (p24-33) gives a good illustrated overview of what it’s like to live at Lancaster Cohousing, under the strapline ‘Know your neighbour: how cohousing could make us better citizens’.


We are resuming face to face tours in September. There are two tours arranged as part of Lancaster's Great Big Green Week, the first at 2-4pm on Saturday 18 September, and the second at 4-5pm on Thursday 23 September, which follows a talk on community led housing at Halton Mill.

Our tours include our experience of creating and living in cohousing, the homes for sale, some technical details about the Passivhaus homes, the communal facilities, and the renewable technologies. They usually include the chance to chat with residents in our lovely Common House. Book on a tour here.

Children and families

Watch this film to see what it's like for families with children living at Forgebank.


More info about local schools, childcare and activities etc.

Homes for sale or rent

There’s an opportunity to join the community whenever a home becomes available for sale or rent. See what it would mean to join the community, and what homes are currently available.

Are you interested in buying to rent to others, or in developing shared ownership? Please email join@lancastercohousing.org.uk to discuss possibilities. We’d love to hear from you.

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