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Calder Valley Community Land Trust

What they do

The main focus of Calder Valley Community Land Trust is delivering quality, affordable homes in the upper Calder Valley as well as holding important community assets such as the historic Fielden Hall on behalf of the community.

The CVCLT conduct all their projects in partnership with other local organisations that share their values. Examples include

  • Fielden Acre Project to secure affordable homes, heritage and community assets
  • Birks Court development of affordable bungalows for older people, which opened in February 2020
  • Preservation of Hebden Bridge Signal Box for the community
  • Accelerating Community-led housing across Calderdale
  • Development of twenty new affordable homes in Hebden Bridge

Fielden Centre

Fielden Hall, which is managed by the Fielden Centre Association as a thriving community venue, was gifted to Calder Valley CLT in 2015 to protect its future as a community asset. Now the houses that bookend the hall have come up for sale together with their associated land

 

The CVCLT is raising funds to bring the whole site into community ownership with three aims in mind

  • Purchase of the houses will secure two properties at affordable rents for the long term.
  • Community ownership of the land will protect the future of a thriving community centre through preventing unsympathetic private development on the land surrounding it
  • Safeguarding the heritage of the pioneering educator and philanthropist, Sarah Fielden, who built Fielden Hall for use as a school in 1871.

Beyond these aims, community ownership of the whole plot of land brings us possibility. We will secure for the community a beautiful and historic building, protect a community future for Fielden Hall itself and maybe better connect the Hall to Centre Vale Park.

The houses are currently tenanted and CVCLT intends to retain the current tenancies at Affordable Rents and ensure that the properties are retained in community ownership and available at Affordable Rents in the long term. The properties are in good condition, the entire set of buildings having been fully renovated between 1996 and 2006.



Core Principles

Calder Valley Community Land Trust Ltd (CVCLT) is a member-led community benefit society with charitable status which has been established to help address and meet housing needs in its part of Calderdale.

It is part of the fast-growing community-led housing network, where local people play a leading role in solving local housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and stronger communities in ways that are difficult through current mainstream housing.

CVCLT is rooted in the communities of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

 

Calder Valley CLT supports the Rural Housing Alliance Pledge, it will always aim to:

  • Work closely with the local community and Parish Council to find the right site
  • Always give qualifying local people in housing need first priority for every home
  • Ensure that affordable homes always remain affordable
  • Build sensitively designed, high-quality homes to high environmental standards
  • Provide good quality and locally sensitive management services to our residents
  • Always respond positively to the local community

 

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