Calder Valley CLT believes that bottom-up, community-led efforts can help deliver the sustainable and affordable homes that our community needs at the same time as strengthening our communities and protecting our heritage.
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Calder Valley Community Land Trust was set up in 2014 in response to increasing need for affordable homes in the Upper Calder Valley.
The society already has a track record of delivering affordable homes to those who need them through their ownership of four bungalows at the Birks Lane development, which provides affordable housing to people over 65.
The Fielden Acre Community Share offer aims to purchase the residential houses that bookend the Fielden Hall, guarantee that the current tenants continue with secure, affordable accommodation and safeguard the properties as affordable homes for the people of Todmorden in the long term.
"Bringing the houses and land into community ownership will ensure that the houses stay at affordable rents and help secure the future of our beautiful Fielden Hall as a thriving community centre for all the people of Todmorden." Bill Griffiths on behalf of the Fielden Centre Association
The CVCLT builds partnerships with other community organisations to deliver social value. For instance we worked with the Almshouse Charity, John Eastwood Homes, to develop affordable bungalows for older people in Walsden and with the Hebden Bridge Signal Box Preservation Group on the business plan to save this piece of heritage. Calder Valley Community Land Trust has worked with Calderdale Council to provide support and advice to help a wide range of community-led groups develop the homes we need.
As part of its work, CVCLT was gifted Fielden Hall in 2016. This historic building, which is run by the Fielden Centre Association, is used by several thousand people each year for a wide range of community activities.
The CVCLT works closely with the Fielden Centre Association and a key aim of the Fielden Acre project is to protect the future of the Fielden Centre as a space for the people of Todmorden to use for community activities. Through bringing the whole site into community ownership we can prevent unsympathetic private development on the land.
The Fielden Centre is a former school and latterly art school that was built by the Fielden family of Todmorden. The buildings, including the two houses, are Grade II listed and sit in their own grounds at the corner of Centre Vale Park and within Todmorden Conservation Area. The entire building was renovated between 1996 and 2006 by the owners and local volunteers and saved from an uncertain future by their commitment.
The Fielden Acre Community Share Offer will bring the houses that bookend the hall and their associated land into community ownership and fund some repair of the buildings. This will mean the society will have stewardship of the entire Fielden Centre site - The Fielden Acre - and will maintain these assets on behalf of the local community in the long term.
The CVCLT is also working with the Hebden Bridge Signal Box Preservation Group and Network Rail to preserve Hebden Bridge Station’s signal box
The Calder Valley Community Land Trust mission statement is to:
“Work with the people of the Calder Valley to hold property and create sustainable and affordable homes in vibrant communities“
Calder Valley Community Land Trust (CVCLT) is a member-led Community Benefit Society, which has been established to help address and meet housing needs in its part of West Yorkshire. CVCLT is the means through which community-led housing can be undertaken. The society sees the CVCLT potentially as a valuable resource for its communities, to enable some of the new housing due to be built in the Upper Calder Valley between now and 2030 to be community-led.
CVCLT is proud to be part of a fast-growing community-led housing network, which nationally includes at least 225 community land trusts (CLTs), and it participates in this movement through its membership of both the National CLT Network and Locality. The idea of community-led housing is about local people playing a leading role in solving local housing problems, creating affordable homes and stronger communities in ways that are difficult through current mainstream housing.
Calder Valley Community Land Trust is also a vehicle through which significant local buildings and community open space can be held legally and in perpetuity on behalf of the community. It is currently the legal custodian of the Todmorden community centre, The Fielden Centre.
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