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Welcome to the website for the Threshold Centre

The Threshold Centre at Cole Street Farm is a unique, pioneering cohousing community and sustainable education centre, which aims to demonstrate a way of life, which is more green, affordable, and neighbourly. Cohousing, combines small, self-contained homes with shared facilities, which are a key part of this.

The Centre runs regular courses on cohousing and other subjects.

Having operated on a pilot basis since late 2004, the Threshold Centre won planning permission and grant funding in 2008 to create a cohousing scheme at Cole Street Farm. It consists of fourteen dwellings, seven of which are affordable rent and shared ownership with a local housing association - a first in the short history of cohousing in this country. There is also a common house with shared facilities and guest rooms, green energy systems and a community market garden.

The Threshold Centre shows how to achieve major cuts in the three main aspects of domestic carbon emissions: home energy, food and travel. Read about our sustainability credentials.



  • Three bedroomed cottage for sale
  • One bedroomed cottage for rent/sale
  • Housing Association property available for swap

Please see our Vacancies page for more information.

Want to know more about Cohousing?

Our courses and events for this year are now fully booked.

Dates for 2016 are on our Cohousing Courses and Events page


Our Publicity
See the BBC's video on Cohousing which featured Threshold

Read the Co-operative News article

See us on 4OD's Home Truths

Read our recent interview in The Guardian

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