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Community consultations on low-energy homes, at a price local people can afford!

Open-air consultations on-site about a potential housing site for affordable, low-energy homes in Scholes in the Holme Valley, have been taking place over the last weekend.

EcoHolmes, a community-led housing trust and the Holme Valley Land Charity have been sounding out the views of local residents on turning a small ex-quarry plot, Chippings, at the corner of Chapelgate and Dean Bridge Lane on the edge of Scholes village, into use for a positive social purpose.

Scores of residents have answered an invitation by two local charities to discuss the merits of building exemplary affordable and low-energy homes on a small charity-owned plot. The innovative new homes would be for local people who are priced out of the housing market in the Holme Valley.

“It’s about time we did something about local young families and older people being forced away from where they have family, jobs and roots because of ridiculous rents and prices”, says the Chair of EcoHolmes, Stephen Sheard.

“Most of the new houses being built in the Holme Valley are beyond the reach of local working people. They encourage long-distance commuting. Nor are they generally being built to the standards needed for the future, with low-carbon and low-energy in mind”

Anyone wanting to learn more about EcoHolmes or the Land Charity  – both have websites: ww.holmevalleylandcharity.org.uk. or email at info@ecoholmes.org.uk . EcoHolmes is part of a national network of nearly 300 Community Land Trusts.

Homes for the Future

Holme Valley’s own Community-led Housing charity, EcoHolmes, has come up with a vision of the sort of homes we should have in the future – affordable, energy-efficient and sustainable.

After a summer of consulting with local people, we have produced display boards full of ideas about environmentally friendly, low energy and affordable homes perpetually available to people who have grown up and work in the Holme Valley.

The ‘concept siteplan’ above shows what might be built into a small development of such homes. Not all schemes would be this size or be able to contain all the ideashttps://ecoholmes.org.uk/resources/. But this captures what people have said is needed and is what has been done by other community housing trusts elsewhere.

To turn the ideas into reality, EcoHolmes need small suitable sites at reasonable cost in the Valley. We are confident of being able to attract funding to build affordable, cheap-to-run houses fit for the future.

We are still asking for ideas from people, especially those young families or older people who might be interested in these smaller homes.

If you want to see our other EcoHolmes concept display boards, click here

First EcoHolmes AGM held

Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Zoom on Tuesday 16th February 2021, with some 21 members attending. The CLT now has 63 members and over 200 subscribers to its newsletters. The Chair Stephen Sheard, reported on our first years activities since being established in September 2019, and the Secretary/Acting Treasurer John Queening presented the annual financial accounts for the last year. The Directors Annual Report and the Financial Accounts for FY2020 are both published on this website. In the formal AGM business, the reports and accounts were accepted and a new Management Board elected by the CLT members; all the founder Directors standing down as this was our first AGM.

Presentations were then made by Board members Tony Hood and Matthew Tulley, firstly on feedback from our ‘Listening to the Community’ engagment work and secondly on how this has been applied to our EcoHolmes concept housing – small community sites with 5 to 25 units in small clusters of terraces, in a style that suits the local character of the area, and built as quality sustainable homes fit for the future. Their construction will follow the principles of a ‘fabric first’ design for reducing heat loss and saving energy, as well as being designed for well-being, and lifetime needs, all within a communal setting. A final Q&A session was then held, with the Members having an opportunity to ask questions of the Board of EcoHolmes.

Community consultations on low-energy homes, at a price local people can afford!

Open-air consultations on-site about a potential housing site for affordable, low-energy homes in Scholes in the Holme Valley, have been taking place over the last weekend.

EcoHolmes, a community-led housing trust and the Holme Valley Land Charity have been sounding out the views of local residents on turning a small ex-quarry plot, Chippings, at the corner of Chapelgate and Dean Bridge Lane on the edge of Scholes village, into use for a positive social purpose.

Scores of residents have answered an invitation by two local charities to discuss the merits of building exemplary affordable and low-energy homes on a small charity-owned plot. The innovative new homes would be for local people who are priced out of the housing market in the Holme Valley.

“It’s about time we did something about local young families and older people being forced away from where they have family, jobs and roots because of ridiculous rents and prices”, says the Chair of EcoHolmes, Stephen Sheard.

“Most of the new houses being built in the Holme Valley are beyond the reach of local working people. They encourage long-distance commuting. Nor are they generally being built to the standards needed for the future, with low-carbon and low-energy in mind”

Anyone wanting to learn more about EcoHolmes or the Land Charity  – both have websites: ww.holmevalleylandcharity.org.uk. or email at info@ecoholmes.org.uk . EcoHolmes is part of a national network of nearly 300 Community Land Trusts.

Homes for the Future

Holme Valley’s own Community-led Housing charity, EcoHolmes, has come up with a vision of the sort of homes we should have in the future – affordable, energy-efficient and sustainable.

After a summer of consulting with local people, we have produced display boards full of ideas about environmentally friendly, low energy and affordable homes perpetually available to people who have grown up and work in the Holme Valley.

The ‘concept siteplan’ above shows what might be built into a small development of such homes. Not all schemes would be this size or be able to contain all the ideashttps://ecoholmes.org.uk/resources/. But this captures what people have said is needed and is what has been done by other community housing trusts elsewhere.

To turn the ideas into reality, EcoHolmes need small suitable sites at reasonable cost in the Valley. We are confident of being able to attract funding to build affordable, cheap-to-run houses fit for the future.

We are still asking for ideas from people, especially those young families or older people who might be interested in these smaller homes.

If you want to see our other EcoHolmes concept display boards, click here

First EcoHolmes AGM held

Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Zoom on Tuesday 16th February 2021, with some 21 members attending. The CLT now has 63 members and over 200 subscribers to its newsletters. The Chair Stephen Sheard, reported on our first years activities since being established in September 2019, and the Secretary/Acting Treasurer John Queening presented the annual financial accounts for the last year. The Directors Annual Report and the Financial Accounts for FY2020 are both published on this website. In the formal AGM business, the reports and accounts were accepted and a new Management Board elected by the CLT members; all the founder Directors standing down as this was our first AGM.

Presentations were then made by Board members Tony Hood and Matthew Tulley, firstly on feedback from our ‘Listening to the Community’ engagment work and secondly on how this has been applied to our EcoHolmes concept housing – small community sites with 5 to 25 units in small clusters of terraces, in a style that suits the local character of the area, and built as quality sustainable homes fit for the future. Their construction will follow the principles of a ‘fabric first’ design for reducing heat loss and saving energy, as well as being designed for well-being, and lifetime needs, all within a communal setting. A final Q&A session was then held, with the Members having an opportunity to ask questions of the Board of EcoHolmes.

Community consultations on low-energy homes, at a price local people can afford!

Open-air consultations on-site about a potential housing site for affordable, low-energy homes in Scholes in the Holme Valley, have been taking place over the last weekend.

EcoHolmes, a community-led housing trust and the Holme Valley Land Charity have been sounding out the views of local residents on turning a small ex-quarry plot, Chippings, at the corner of Chapelgate and Dean Bridge Lane on the edge of Scholes village, into use for a positive social purpose.

Scores of residents have answered an invitation by two local charities to discuss the merits of building exemplary affordable and low-energy homes on a small charity-owned plot. The innovative new homes would be for local people who are priced out of the housing market in the Holme Valley.

“It’s about time we did something about local young families and older people being forced away from where they have family, jobs and roots because of ridiculous rents and prices”, says the Chair of EcoHolmes, Stephen Sheard.

“Most of the new houses being built in the Holme Valley are beyond the reach of local working people. They encourage long-distance commuting. Nor are they generally being built to the standards needed for the future, with low-carbon and low-energy in mind”

Anyone wanting to learn more about EcoHolmes or the Land Charity  – both have websites: ww.holmevalleylandcharity.org.uk. or email at info@ecoholmes.org.uk . EcoHolmes is part of a national network of nearly 300 Community Land Trusts.

Homes for the Future

Holme Valley’s own Community-led Housing charity, EcoHolmes, has come up with a vision of the sort of homes we should have in the future – affordable, energy-efficient and sustainable.

After a summer of consulting with local people, we have produced display boards full of ideas about environmentally friendly, low energy and affordable homes perpetually available to people who have grown up and work in the Holme Valley.

The ‘concept siteplan’ above shows what might be built into a small development of such homes. Not all schemes would be this size or be able to contain all the ideashttps://ecoholmes.org.uk/resources/. But this captures what people have said is needed and is what has been done by other community housing trusts elsewhere.

To turn the ideas into reality, EcoHolmes need small suitable sites at reasonable cost in the Valley. We are confident of being able to attract funding to build affordable, cheap-to-run houses fit for the future.

We are still asking for ideas from people, especially those young families or older people who might be interested in these smaller homes.

If you want to see our other EcoHolmes concept display boards, click here

First EcoHolmes AGM held

Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Zoom on Tuesday 16th February 2021, with some 21 members attending. The CLT now has 63 members and over 200 subscribers to its newsletters. The Chair Stephen Sheard, reported on our first years activities since being established in September 2019, and the Secretary/Acting Treasurer John Queening presented the annual financial accounts for the last year. The Directors Annual Report and the Financial Accounts for FY2020 are both published on this website. In the formal AGM business, the reports and accounts were accepted and a new Management Board elected by the CLT members; all the founder Directors standing down as this was our first AGM.

Presentations were then made by Board members Tony Hood and Matthew Tulley, firstly on feedback from our ‘Listening to the Community’ engagment work and secondly on how this has been applied to our EcoHolmes concept housing – small community sites with 5 to 25 units in small clusters of terraces, in a style that suits the local character of the area, and built as quality sustainable homes fit for the future. Their construction will follow the principles of a ‘fabric first’ design for reducing heat loss and saving energy, as well as being designed for well-being, and lifetime needs, all within a communal setting. A final Q&A session was then held, with the Members having an opportunity to ask questions of the Board of EcoHolmes.