Shirle Hill Group

The Shirle Hill Cohousing Group is looking for new members who may be interested in buying a unit in the old house, designing/developing it to meet their needs and helping shape the future of the project and its communal facilities.

“Shirle Hill is a group of people committed to building a co-operative community, sharing the resources of the site and working together. There are currently ten people living on site and two other members who will move in at a later stage. We are looking for new members to join our community and help develop the project. The site consists of a large old house which we are converting to flats and shared space and five new houses which are about to start construction, in an acre of land near Sheffield city centre.
All ten people living on site are currently in the old house but five households will move into their new build houses once these are complete. Three old house flats are already occupied and there will then be space vacant at the back of the house to create one or two new flats. This means that the old house will then consist of four or five flats plus the communal area.”
Further details can be found here: New Members advert Mar 16v2

If you would like to visit or have an initial discussion, contact a group member or;;; 07725037375 by 1st April 2016.


Sheffield City Council


Sheffield City Council has sent out links to various sources of information to those on it’s Custom Build Register.Details,as provide by SCC’s Tasmin Auckland below:

“Sites available for sale by the Council identified as being potentially suitable for custom build are/ will be advertised on our website  A number of new sites identified as potentially suitable for custom/self-build are now available – details on these can be accessed at and should soon be added to our custom build webpages directly.

 If you are aware of an empty residential property that you might be interested in purchasing, Sheffield City Council may be able to help you.If you can provide the Houses into Homes Team with the full address of the property, the Team will check whether it is registered with the Council as empty, and if so they might be able to make contact with the owner on your behalf.  Contact us about an empty home

The Houses into Homes team also offers a Matching Service to put buyers and sellers of empty properties in contact with each other Empty Property Matching Service.

There are also useful links to the National Custom & Self-Build Association and Custom & Self-Build Toolkit site, which has useful technical and planning information, case studies and other useful material –

Finally, CrowditBuildIt, a new crowd-funding property service, developed with input from the University of Sheffield.





Next Sheffield CoHo Network Social Gathering

Wednesday 25 November, 7pm to 9pm
at the White Lion pub, Heeley 
(615 London Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4HT – next to Ponsfords)
The meeting room is the first door on the right (opposite the bar as you come in)
We can stay on later than 9pm if we like – there’s a pub quiz starting around then – but we won’t still have exclusive use of the room.
All welcome – just turn up!

On the Brink looking for Investors

On the Brink are looking for investors who would be willing to lend capital in the short term (up to 6months) and longer (2 years) to help with the financing of purchase and development. The legal agreement is ready and they would be able to offer 3% interest.

If you think this is something you might be interested in please contact giving a phone number and email address for a preliminary discussion. On the Brink will then forward you the Feasibility Study report, Architects Plans, List of Members, Evidence of Incorporation and a draft Lending Agreement.

For more details of the project see ‘Sheffield Groups’ tab.


Next group meeting

The Sheffield Cohousing Network will having their next open meeting on Saturday 24th January from 10am until 1pm at Common Ground, S7 1GR ( at the junction of Empire Road and Woodstock Road, just off Abbeydale Road opposite old Picture House and Tesco Express).

Anyone is welcome, and the morning will include updates from the various Sheffield projects, reports from SCN groups (Social/Tenure/Finance/Communications) and a chance to network and catch-up.


Custom Build – SCC

Sheffield City Council are one of 11 vanguard councils promoting custom build in the UK – full details can be found on the council’s website here.

For those interested in custom build in Sheffield, be this on land made available by the council, or in custom build in general, the council have started a register & survey – link accessible here.

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