News from the planners…
Are you wondering what has been happening with our planning application for twenty new affordable homes on the site of the old High Street, Hebden Bridge?
…which means a delay for the community shares issue
The delay has had an immediate knock-on effect on our timetable for the community share issue launch, which we had hoped to achieve before Christmas – and then rearranged for January.
Mini ‘pioneer’ share issue for Walsden
This has however given us the chance to undertake an immediate ‘pioneer’ community share issue to contribute £50,000 to the funding package for our development in Walsden of six independent-living bungalows. We are looking for a small number of investors of between £2,000-£5,000 each and will be approaching some of you who indicated that you expected to be able to invest in the main HB share issue to see if you are prepared to invest in Walsden instead/as well. Interest will be initially set at 2%.
Partnership with Pennine Community Power
We’re delighted to be able to announce a partnership with another local Community Benefit Society, Pennine Community Power. We are about to sign a partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) with PCP, to work collaboratively to develop community-owned renewable energy projects linked to the CVCLT’s planned and future developments in the Calder Valley area.
Hebden Bridge Signal Box
Network Rail moves at a glacial pace, and our attempts to push them quickly to confirm the transfer of the (now decommissioned) HB signal box into community ownership through the CLT are so far failing to get the folk at Railway Towers in York responding. Nevertheless, Network Rail has on at last two occasions recently indirectly indicated that it is still working for this transfer of ownership, so we remain optimistic that – eventually – something positive can be arranged.
Community-led housing in Calderdale
We’ve just heard that funding from the government’s newly launched community housing fund will be coming to Calderdale, to help develop community-led housing initiatives in the borough – including, of course, our own work. We expect to know the details in the New Year.
Best wishes for the holiday season from the CLT’s trustees