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Calder Valley Community Land Trust

Who benefits

Calder Valley CLT is committed to enabling local people to play a leading and lasting role in creating genuinely affordable homes, strengthening community cohesion and protecting local heritage for use by local communities.

Calder Valley CLT's core community

Calder Valley Community Land Trust currently operates in the Upper Calder Valley, in the heart of the South Pennines. Our area of engagement comprises three local authority wards in the metropolitan borough of Calderdale. In addition to lots of upland farms and rural villages, our area contains the towns of Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden.

Since its inception in 2014, CVCLT has focused its community engagement, site search and development and membership development in the Upper Calder Valley. 


Community Led Housing

Community-led housing is a way in which groups of people come together to develop housing solutions to fit their shared housing needs. It could be about living together in different ways, building communities to support each other as members grow older, creating secure housing for groups who struggle to find it, or about living more sustainably.

Housing is a real issue in this country, and the commercial housebuilders just can’t provide all the homes, and certainly not the affordable homes for rent that we need. So CLTs are springing up everywhere as local people tackle their own, specific local housing issues.

 

Birks Court

 

The project was a partnership between the CLT and John Eastwood Homes, the local almshouse charity which already owns twelve bungalows nearby. This is an innovative partnership between a CLT and an almshouse trust and as such has been featured as a case study in a recent report from HLIN (the Housing Learning Improvement Network). 

The bungalows have been allocated to people over 65 with at least ten years’ residency in the Todmorden Town Council area, using the Keychoice priority bidding system. The tenants took over their new homes in early March 2020

CV CLT owns four of the new homes with John Eastwood owning the remaining two, and providing the management service for all six.

The land for the bungalows was gifted by Calderdale Council to CV CLT specifically for affordable housing, and the project was also able to attract government grant support (totalling £240,000) from Homes England.

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