About the project

Management structure and decision making

Management structure

Lancaster Cohousing is structured as a company limited by guarantee and decision making is shared by all our members.

Decision making

We endeavor to make all our decisions by consensus. Consensus does not mean that all members must always agree, but that all members understand the common ground between them. It is for this reason that we think consensus is important to community building as it allows the understanding of each others positions.

If you would like to know more about how we practice consensus decision making please contact our Community Governance team. For a useful general introduction see this Seeds for Change document.

Member responsibilities

Members buy a long-term leasehold interest in their home (999 years) from the company. The text of the lease defines the relationship between the leaseholder and the company. Most ordinary flats and apartments use this model and it is easily understood by mortgage lenders and the public.

The lease contains a number of additional provisions over and above those found in a traditional lease. These reflect the special needs of an ecological cohousing development.

There is an annual service charge, payable per member household. The charge is set by the community in its General Meetings and depends on a number of factors such as the running costs of the communal facilities, the extent to which repairs and maintenance are the responsibility of individual householders, and the extent to which various tasks are shared between members or bought in and the presence of any other income streams. The fee also covers running costs such as insurance, accounting and audit.