High Street

Our proposed development of twenty 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes for affordable rent on the old High Street site in Hebden Bridge. We have been working closely with our community and Bauman Lyons architects to design high quality, low impact rental homes. We submitted the scheme for planning permission in July 2018.

A new future for High Street, Hebden Bridge

After more than two years of planning, surveys, architects drawings and financial planning we have now applied for planning permission for our new development of twenty homes at affordable rents in what was formally known as High Street, Hebden Bridge.

And Calderdale Council have now formally completed the legal transfer of the land to the ownership of the Community Land Trust. Our thanks to Calderdale Council for supporting our vision for the High Street area of town.

We’re excited by the sustainable architecture which is being proposed. These are, after all, going to be homes for Hebden Bridge people for all of the rest of the twenty-first century!

High Street, Hebden Bridge planning application is now live

We are delighted to say that our planning application has been validated by Calderdale Council and is ‘live’ and open for comments. You will find all the plans and documents at Calderdale’s planning portal. The full address is here: hportal.calderdale.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=PCGOUHDWIOK00

There’s a lot of documents there. You may find it interesting to look first at the ‘Design and Access’ statement, which is a good summary of the proposal.

Here are some of the images from the planning application:

Asking the town – our public consultations so far

As a charity run entirely for community benefit, we have tried to involve the community in our plans to ensure that the houses which are built are those which local people want to see.

As well as the 2018 consultations, we held a consultation about our High Street plans in Hebden Bridge Town Hall in February 2016, a second consultation in the Methodist Church hall on January 14th 2017. These consultations focused on what local people would like to see CVCLT develop on the site.

In February 2017 we held an evening consultation with people who were interested in living in the proposed homFeb 2017 CVCLT public consultationes, and what they felt was important for the scheme to deliver. A sense of community and a lot of practical things, such as ‘where can I dry my tent’ or ‘park my bike’ together with a real interest in the outside space on the site where the main feedback points.

We followed this up with another event in the Methodist Church Hall, very near the site, on March 25th last year where out architects, Bauman Lyons Associates, presented the development of the scheme so far and their first draft proposals. The slides from the presentation are here.  This was the early version of the scheme with 27 homes, which has now reduced to 20 homes in the scheme submitted for planning permission.

We held a final pre-planning consultation on Sat 21st April 2018 to present the scheme that we hoped to submit for planning after some final tweaks to respond to feedback.

 

 

Looking back at the previous homes on High Street

The possibility of bringing new life back to High Street, the site of housing cleared in the 1960s slum clearances, is something which we think symbolically reflects the way that Hebden Bridge has re-created itself after the terrible economic disasters of the 1960s and 1970s. High Street, now a small tarmacked lane, is off Heptonstall Road near the Fox and Goose pub.

Of course, until the clearances of the mid ’60s High Street was a densely populated and highly developed part of Hebden Bridge. There were over 70 dwellings as well as shops and workshops on the site, as this map of the road layout in the early 60s shows. There are still residents of Hebden today who remember living on High Street.

We have put together a booklet of old photographs showing High Street as it was in its heyday.

We still have some copies left. The booklet can be downloaded from this website – and free copies of the booklet are still available in hard-copy form. Copies are held at the Town Hall – please ask at reception for your copy.