An Anne Thorne Architects-designed co-housing development has won planning permission in Essex, becoming the latest example of a growing trend for community-led development
The 23-home Passivhaus scheme is earmarked for a site at Cannock Mill, in Colchester. Under the proposals, the grade II-listed mill will be renovated for use as a ‘common house’ for residents to eat and socialise in, when they choose to do so.
Developer Cannock Mill Co-housing Group said the scheme, which will include a shared garden area as well as individual private gardens for its 17 houses, would be one of the largest Passivhaus developments in the county.
The project will also include a block of six flats connected to the mill building by a lift. The two- and three-storey houses will be built in a single terrace.
Scheme architect Thorne, who is also a member of the co-housing group, said the development would respect the existing mill and a separate Victorian house, as well as improve the 0.9 hectare site’s environmental issues.
“Renovation of the mill pond itself is part of the solution to the site’s difficult ground water conditions,’ she said.
‘The new build flats and houses will be to the highest Passivhaus eco standards and to Lifetime Homes standards making them long-term housing for all.’
The scheme’s development cost is estimated at £6-8 million.