Hudswell Community Charity: affordable homes for local people


Martin Booth, Secretary of Hudswell Community Charity, explains how building three new affordable homes will provide people with local connections the chance to live in the village.

“Hudswell Community Charity was set up over 150 years ago to help disadvantaged people in the area. The charity currently owns and manages three houses, which were endowed to it over 70 years ago. With rising property prices in this beautiful part of the country, bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park, our homes help local people who would otherwise struggle to afford to live here.

“In 2014 the board decided to carry out a housing survey in the village and it became clear that there was demand for more affordable homes. The plan to build two new three-bedroom houses and one two-bedroom house was drawn up. We already owned the land but needed additional funding to build the new properties.

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The team break ground on the new housing development.

“Once they’re completed in October, these houses will offer more people with local connections the opportunity to remain in, or move back to, the village.”

- Martin Booth, Secretary of Hudswell Community Charity

“I had come across Charity Bank during a previous village project and, although we didn’t end up needing a loan, I was left with an excellent impression of the bank. So when I was brought on board for this project, I immediately suggested Charity Bank as a potential lender.

“It was encouraging to be in contact with the same Regional Manager, Jeremy Ince, from the outset. It isn’t often with banks that you know exactly who you’ll be dealing with and that they are involved with every aspect of the process. We were happy that Charity Bank believed in our project and agreed to a loan to help make it possible.

“Charity Bank is just as thorough as any bank. The difference is that Charity Bank is extremely supportive throughout the entire process and you get a personalised service. There was never any point where we didn’t understand what was needed or expected from us or where we felt as though we were on our own.

“Once they’re completed in October, these houses will offer more people with local connections the opportunity to remain in, or move back to, the village. The houses will be named numbers one, two and three Thompson Cottages after the person who endowed the land to the charity.

“If we were to build more homes in the future we’d certainly be going back to Charity Bank.”

“There was never any point where we didn’t understand what was needed or expected from us or where we felt as though we were on our own.”

- Martin Booth, Secretary of Hudswell Community Charity
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The new development is due for completion in October 2017.

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