A future for High Street, Hebden Bridge?

We are now fully engaged in undertaking feasibility work on the possibility of bringing new housing back to High Street, Hebden Bridge, the site of housing cleared in the 1960s slum clearances. High Street, now a small tarmacked lane, is off Heptonstall Road near the Fox and Goose pub. (Our map shows the road layout as it was in the very early 1960s.)

We held a consultation report-back meeting on Sat March 25th in the Hebden Bridge Methodist Church hall, when our architects reported on what they have been doing since our Jan 14th consultation (see below).

Here is an idea of how, at the moment, the new development might look. (This would be the view from the Horsehold road).

Other drawings and plans presented by the architects on March 25th can be accessed here.

We held a workshop to draw up a Sustainability Action Plan for the development on Tuesday 6th June. This is currently being worked on, and will be made public shortly.

The CLT has been able to undertake feasibility work  thanks to two grants from the Community-Led Housing fund, via Locality.  The grant in December 2016 of 37,700 should to enable us to advance the project right up to planning stage.

Calderdale's Cabinet has formally approved (Nov 2016) 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.

Involving the community

As a charity run entirely for community benefit, we intend to go out of our way to involve the community in our plans and in ensuring that the houses which are built are those which local people want to see.

We held a consultation about our High Street plans in Hebden Bridge Town Hall in February 2016 (see below) a second consultation in the Methodist Church hall on January 14th 2017, and another event on March 25th. The reports are below. 

There's a lot to do. If you have skills and/or time and would like to get involved in this exciting development please let us know.

We still have some copies left of our booklet of old photographs of High Street as it was in its heyday. 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.

Report of the March 2017 consultation

We are making available on a separate web page here the drawings and plans presented at the meeting by Bauman Lyons architects.

Report of the Jan 2017 public consultation

About fifty people came along to our consultation, held in the Methodist Church hall on Saturday January 14th.

A full report of the event, including details of comments, concerns and issues raised, can be consulted here.

Report of the Feb 2016 public consultation

The CLT organised a well-attended public meeting on Saturday Feb 27 2016 in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, to discuss community responses to our proposal.  About 60 attended for the initial meeting (photo below) and thirty stayed for the more practical workshop, run by Bauman Lyons architects. A full report of these workshops (including all comments made) is available.

Above: the February 2016 consultation; below: the workshops

We also received subsequent to the meeting two comments from local people, one of whom had to leave half way through the event and the other of whom unfortunately did not know that the event was taking place.  Their comments can be found here.