Site identified

Feb 2020: Newcastle City Council have generously offered COHUT a site in Benwell. We are currently developing plans for this site with Mawson Kerr architects.

Working with Mawson Kerr Architects

June 2019: We are excited to be working with Newcastle-based Mawson Kerr Architects. We are currently working on feasibility for a site in Benwell.

Community Housing Fund grant

2019: We were awarded a Community Housing Fund grant of £68,000. We are currently using this funding to develop plans (to RIBA stage 3) for a site in Benwell, with Mawson Kerr Architects.

Constituted as a CLG

In 2018 we registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Working with TOWN

2018: We started working with TOWN as our enabling developer in 2018. TOWN has a wealth of experience in delivering sustainable and community-led housing, including Marmalade Lane, Cambridge’s first cohousing community, in late 2018.

Locality Grant award

2017: We were awarded grant funding by Locality, an organisation which supports local community organisations to be strong and successful. We used this funding to get group facilitation and guidance from Jimm Reed at Coho on financial models.

Clarifying our vision

2014 After much discussion, we complete a written statement of our vision and values.

COHUT Mission statement

  • Our cohousing community will provide individual living space with common areas and shared facilities (e.g. laundry, bike shed, guest accommodation, workshop, shared garden spaces) and we expect to be able to enjoy shared cooking, eating and celebrations in our common house.
  • The community will respect members’ personal life and privacy.
  • Cohousing upon Tyne aims to support and engage with the surrounding community.
  • The community will be built and run with respect to the environment and have as low an impact on the planet as possible. It will be sited in a location with good access to public transport and amenities.
  • There will be a membership system. Members will be accepted by existing members using an agreed process.
  • The community will be run by all members on a shared basis. There is an expectation that all members will contribute to the work of living in community.
  • We plan to develop affordable housing and for that housing to remain affordable for the future.
  • We aim to create an environment in which neighbourliness can thrive.
  • Our cohousing community will provide individual living space with common areas and shared facilities (e.g. laundry, bike shed, guest accommodation, workshop, shared garden spaces) and we expect to be able to enjoy shared cooking, eating and celebrations in our common house.
  • We plan to develop affordable housing and for that housing to remain affordable for the future.

Core purpose and values

  • We aim to create an environment in which neighbourliness can thrive.
  • The community will respect members’ personal life and privacy.
  • CoHUT aims to support and engage with the surrounding neighbourhood and with diverse community interests.
  • The community will be built and run with respect to the environment and have as low an impact on the planet as possible. It will be sited in a location with good access to public transport and amenities.
  • There will be a membership system. Members will be accepted by existing members using an agreed process.
  • The community will be run by all members on a shared basis. There is an expectation that all members will contribute to the work of living in the community.
  • We will have a collective governance structure with shared decision-making and shared responsibility.
  • CoHUT is inspired by existing cohousing developments.
  • We will have a collective governance structure with shared decision-making and shared responsibility.

Group formation

2013: CoHUT came together in 2013, following a series of public community housing events in Newcastle.