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Chris Barker, Trustee of John Eastwood Homes, said:  “We know already how much demand there is for bungalows like this in Walsden and Todmorden. We are thrilled that very soon another six bungalows will be taking their first new residents.”

Cllr Dan Sutherland, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Environment, said: “We are really pleased to support this scheme as part our commitment to providing much-needed, quality, affordable homes in communities across Calderdale. This has been a real partnership approach and a great example of community-led development, showing the steps that local people can take to tackle housing needs together.”

 The development, which will cost about £800,000, is being funded in part from the reserves built up through prudent financial administration by John Eastwood Homes, in part through government grants made available through the Homes England agency, and also through other grants and loans. The Quaker Housing Trust is contributing £45,000 in loan and grant finance, and around £60,000 is being lent by local people investing in the CLT through a community share issue. Calderdale Council is also making a grant, in exchange for nomination rights.

 The help and support of Homes England during the planning of the project has been another crucial aspect of the success of the venture. The Walsden development represents one of the first investments by Homes England in a community-led housing development in this part of Yorkshire.

 Richard Panter, from Homes England, said: “We’ve worked with the Land Trust from its inception and are pleased to have been able to fund these new homes for older people in the Calder Valley. The Walsden development is a great example of Homes England’s commitment to increasing the supply of affordable homes which will help residents to continue living independently.”



FebruARy 2019 NEWS

 Hebden Bridge: the Planning Committee and after

 You won’t be surprised that much of this newsletter this time is about the aftermath of last week’s Planning Committee.  As you’ll have gathered, councillors voted at the Committee to reject our application for twenty affordable homes in Hebden Bridge.  The voting was three councillors against our plans, and two in favour. (The officers’ recommendation was to approve).

We are naturally feeling bruised and we’d like to thank everyone who has been sending us emails (and also posting on social media) in support of the CLT’s work.  We’d also like to thank everyone who came along to sit in on the Planning Committee.  By our maths, there were 23 people there supporting the application.

What we think now
Our planning application was a very long time in preparation (over three years), and the overwhelming response in the town to the early consultations we held in 2016 and 2017 was positive. Negative voices only began to be heard in any volume last summer, when of course we were very well advanced with the plans and were about to put in for planning.

We continue to believe that, by bringing High Street back to life, our new street of homes would have very quickly become a feature of Hebden Bridge life that people would have been proud to show off to friends and visitors. Sustainable, energy-efficient, well-designed, offering homes to our local young people – this is surely what a lot of people in Hebden Bridge would want for their community.

The arguments against
You might expect us to want to rip into the arguments raised against the proposal, which we think were generally weak. We’d feel better if we did let rip, no doubt, but that’s not what we intend to do. Planning is a democratic process, and people are entitled to oppose as well as support. (All we will say is that quite how the development would have adversely affected air quality is beyond us. Town centre developments within walking distance of trains and buses seem to us exactly what we should be doing to reduce traffic).

Want to find out more?
You can read Calderdale planning officer’s considered appraisal of our application in the report which went to committee. You can also see a webcast of the actual committee discussion.  We have put links to both of these on our own website, at http://caldervalleyclt.org.uk/hebden-bridge/

What next?
A commercial developer would at this point almost certainly decide to appeal the planning decision, and/or would resubmit the plans (no doubt slightly tweaked).

The CLT is not a commercial developer.  We’re a charity and we seek to be properly accountable to our communities in the upper Calder Valley.  So the trustees decided when we met earlier this week that we are not going to rush in to taking any hasty decisions. We intend to weigh up all the options. We also want to be careful not to incur unnecessary further costs if we can help it, when the outcome is clearly uncertain.

What we have decided is that the final decision on what the CLT should do or not do about the High Street proposal should be taken not just by the trustees but by all the CLT membership. (CLT members are the CLT’s sovereign body). Details in due course.

A positive way forward
In the meantime, we are very aware that there are a lot more than our current 95 members who endorse what the CLT is trying to do, so we have decided to be resolutely upbeat and to launch a new membership drive. The membership form is on the website, at www.caldervalleyclt.org.uk/docs/membership.pdf . If you’ve been in touch recently supporting our work but haven’t yet become a member we’ll also email you separately. (Members take out a £1 membership share in the CLT, which is constituted as a community benefit society – a kind of member co-operative).

Statement from Calder Valley CLT trustees, Feb 5th 2019

 Calder Valley Community Land Trust is enormously disappointed at the decision by Calderdale’s planning committee today (Feb 5) to reject proposals for new affordable homes to rent in Hebden Bridge.

Our March newsletter is now out.  Feb 2019, Jan 2019 newsletters. 2018 newsletters sent out in Dec, OctSept, Aug, June, MayApril, March, January.  2017: Dec, Oct, Sep,  May,  April, March and February.

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September 2018 Newsletter

Contents Hebden Bridge planning application now ‘live’ Investing ethically in new housing: public meeting on Mon Sep 24 CLT works with Friends of HB Station to save signal box Walsden development contract about to be awarded   High Street, Hebden Bridge planning...

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Our August newsletter is here:

Coming soon: Don't forget our next public meeting: Investing ethically in new housing, Monday Sep 24th 7.30pm, Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Hebden Bridge development a step nearer We have just paid Calderdale council’s planning department the hefty sum of...

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‘Pledges’ total reaches £90,000

We’re very pleased to be able to report that, as at the end of February, we had received ‘pledges’ from thirty people, together totalling £94,720. This is a much faster response than we’d imagined possible.  A big thank you to all thirty of you. (The...

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Community Foundation for Calderdale also expect to invest

We’re also delighted to say that, following discussions with two of the trustees and the CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, the Foundation’s trustees have taken an in-principle decision to invest £100,000 in the Hebden Bridge development.  This is subject...

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