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Chippings site – development partner Connect Housing Association

Chippings site – development partner Connect Housing Association

Last year we shared our news that plans for affordable, low energy homes at an old quarry site in Scholes had been approved. We are now able to announce that we’ll be partnering with Connect Housing Association on delivering and managing these homes for the benefit of local people.

Connect have a proven track record in providing thousands of quality homes, alongside various support services to families across West Yorkshire. To find out more about our new partner, visit the link below: https://www.connecthousing.org.uk/about-us

For more details and news about our  Chippings housing development, click here.

Show your support for EcoHolmes and our mission to build more affordable low-energy homes in the valley – please join us as a member.

New EcoHolmes Brochure

Since setting up EcoHolmes in late 2019, we have been on a mission to build more affordable homes in the Holme Valley.  2024 could be the year it happens. Click here to see our new brochure with details of our journey todate and our plans for the future.

EcoHolmes AGM 2024

EcoHolmes will hold its Annual General Meeting 2024 for Members on Wednesday 24th April 7pm at the Holmfirth Tech – Save the Date!

The AGM is an opportunity for Members to hear what we’ve been doing over the last 12 months, learn more about plans for the Chippings site and help shape what comes next for EcoHolmes. If you are interested in getting more involved in what we do, let us know. There are vacancies for Board members or you might want to join one of the working groups. If you would like to find out more, please speak to one of the Board members or contact us at info@ecoholmes.org.

The AGM agenda and papers will be sent to Members by email two weeks before the meeting.

Last year we shared our news that plans for affordable, low energy homes at an old quarry site in Scholes had been approved. We are now able to announce that we’ll be partnering with Connect Housing Association on delivering and managing these homes for the benefit of local people.

Drop-in events in the Holme Valley!

Our last drop-in event was held in the Holmfirth area at the Tech on Wednesday 10th January talking about existing older stone-built homes, and the challenges retrofitting faces to make them energy efficient. Some 30+ people attend to talk with our experts and architects, and some interesting discussions took place.

Join us at our next Drop-in event  in the valley!

Who are EcoHOLMEs?

EcoHOLMEs is a community business for the purpose of providing the affordable low-energy homes that our Holme Valley community urgently needs, and that are fit for the future.

EcoHOLMEs is a Community Land Trust (CLT) set up by local people to build and own homes for the long term benefit of the Holme Valley community. The homes built will be allocated to local people, and will also serve as exemplars of low carbon living.

Why affordable low-energy homes?

There is a pressing shortage of low-cost affordable housing in the Holme Valley, both for sale and for rent. There is also a growing realisation that we need for more low-energy housing, as we move to a more sustainable lifestyle as part of our response to the Climate Emergency.

EcoHOLMEs plan to build the affordable low-energy homes our community needs that fit for the future.

How will we deliver EcoHOLMEs?

EcoHOLMEs plan to acquire land for our affordable housing sites by asset transfers, donations, long term leases or open market purchases of land or property

As a community business, we are able to seek planning permission for sites not available for commercial housing development! Funding the development and build cost of these homes will be by a mix of grant funding, commercial loans and community share funding.

How you can help

Become a Member

EcoHOLMEs is a member-run organisation, embedded in our Holme Valley community. The homes we provide will be owned by the community and will benefit those in housing need within the community.

Anyone who is 18 years or over and lives or works in the Holme Valley area can join as a Member of the EcoHOLMEs Community Land Trust.

Show your support and be a part of this exciting community venture, by become a member of EcoHOLMES on payment of £1 for a non-withdrawable, non-interest paying Share in EcoHOLMEs.

You can JOIN NOW and make your payment online by debit or credit card

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Make a donation

If you wish to make a donation to help our cause, you can make your payment online by debit or credit card.

Proud to be supported by:

The following organisations have either supported the setting up of EcoHOLMEs, provided information, allowed us to join them, or provided funding.