Hudswell Community Charity – investing in new affordable housing
Hudswell Community Charity was founded over a century ago for the relief of poverty and sickness among its residents. Today, it is meeting those objectives by building new affordable housing for young families.
Hudswell is a village of around 200 people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Unlike many other Dales villages it is not dominated by second and holiday homes and whilst many residents are retired it remains an active, working village, with almost all the homes in permanent occupation.
The average price of a property in Hudswell is currently £348,000 and there are very few properties to rent, with an average rent being £648 per month. This situation makes it very difficult for those with an average or below average income to acquire a new home in the village. In response to this problem, Hudswell charity decided to build three new homes on land it owns in the centre of the village.
The charity was awarded a Community Buildings Pre-feasibility grant of £10,000 to help pay for the preparation of designs and plans.
The group is now putting together a finance package to allow the project to move to construction. It will consist of three bungalows with modern ‘green’ heating systems, built in local stone and with off road parking. The charity will manage the homes going forward and have pledged to offer the homes to people in housing need with strong local connections.
“We are very pleased with the designs and believe the homes will be make an important contribution to helping local people sustain a thriving village.”
Martin Booth, Hudswell Community Charity