Welcome to Lancaster Cohousing

Our multi award winning eco cohousing build at Forgebank consists of private homes, community facilities, workshops/offices/studios and shared outdoor space. Forgebank is next to the beautiful river Lune in the village of Halton, 3 miles from Lancaster.

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 lovely pedestrianised street and 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.

There is an opportunity to join the community whenever a home becomes available for sale or rent (short and long term rental options on houses and flats occasionally come up here). If you’re interested in buying to rent to others or in developing shared ownership, please contact our Membership Team to discuss possibilities.

Follow this link to consider what it would mean to join a community, and to see what homes are currently for sale or rent.


 You can book our tours on Eventbrite here.  They are 2-4pm (unless specified otherwise) and include refreshments and the chance to chat with residents in our lovely Common House.  The future dates are

The 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.

*There is also a tour of Halton Mill - where many of us work, create, learn, relax and play - on Friday 26th May 10.30-12pm. It’s our on-site low carbon work, studio and event space, and is well worth seeing.  Book here.  Lunch is available in the Mill cafe - why not make a day of it?!

Integration Weekends        

This is an opportunity for prospective members to get to know us and for us to get to know you in a way that is friendly, fun, hard-work, and practical.  To book one or more places on this weekend, please complete the form here, or, to find out more before you apply, email join@lancastercohousing.org.uk.

Next dates are:

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