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October 2019




Haddenham Community Land Trust is calling for applications for affordable housing at West End Gardens by 30 November 2019 from anyone with a connection to Haddenham or Aldreth  who wants to rent a home (or to buy one on shared ownership terms). After that date, all applications (new and older ones) will be assessed to decide those who can be offered one of the first homes to be finished in summer 2020. (People can still apply after 30 November, but they will be considered for homes being finished in a later phase.)



Haddenham Community Land Trust (HCLT) is a non profit making Community Benefit Society owned and managed by local people to create affordable housing for local people. Our aim is to give people who live and work in the village more say in how we want the village to develop in ways that benefit the whole community. Anyone in the community can join as a member for just £1 and have their say in how the CLT is run.


By setting up a Community Land Trust, the affordable properties we create will be community-owned assets, safeguarded by a legal asset lock, protected from the Right to Buy and reserved for local people. This will ensure genuinely affordable housing is available for local people in perpetuity.



The West End Gardens project is an exciting collaboration with local property developer Palace Green Homes. The site will deliver 54 new properties, of which 19 will be HCLT-owned affordable homes reserved for local people living and/ or working in Haddenham or Aldreth.

The houses (both affordable and open market) will be a mix of house types and styles designed by local architects Saunders Boston that will complement the village and surrounding area. The affordable homes will be evenly distributed (‘pepper-potted’) throughout the development, seamlessly integrating the affordable and privately-owned homes to create a balanced community. It will feature a central play space and plenty of green spaces with carefully designed and well thought out landscaping, enhancing the variety of plant and animal life from its previous use as an open arable field



1, 2 and 3 bed homes available for shared ownership or rent

We encourage anyone that is interested in an affordable property to register their interest by filling out an expression of interest form. The form is available to download from our website.

The Allocations Process for CLT housing will begin in early 2020. If you have previously filled in a form, the CLT will contact you independently to ensure the details we have are up-to-date.

Please note, you must have a local connection to Haddenham and/ or Aldreth



Since planning permission was granted in 2018, things have been progressing well on site, including the completion of a second archaeological dig in November 2018. The initial report found evidence of an early –roman  farmstead on part of the site.

The second dig provided a unique opportunity for local residents and children at the Robert Arkenstall Primary School to visit the site to meet with the team of archaeologists. They enjoyed a special day out looking at fragments of animal bone and ancient pottery and learning more about their local village history.

In January, we received some fantastic news that our bid to the Homes England Community Housing fund was successful and have been awarded with a grant payment of just over £42,000. This is a great achievement for the CLT and will see vital funds go towards the project. With the help from EC Community Housing we have also been interviewing ethical banks to secure the additional funding needed to purchase the affordable homes when they are completed.



Work began on the enabling works in August 2019 to get the site ready for construction of the site access road and diversions/ connections of utility services. Groundworks will proceed throughout the autumn with construction of the first houses underway in early 2020. The first homes in the development are expected to be ready for occupation in late summer 2020, including the first CLT owned affordable homes. During this time we will be working closely with Palace Green Homes to try to keep disruption from construction activity to a minimum and will be keeping the neighboring residents informed of our progress and proposed works.




May 2019


Since our last update things have been progressing well on the site at West End Gardens, including the completion of a second archaeological dig in November 2018. The initial report found traces of an ancient settlement on part of the site and we’re hoping to receive the findings of the final archaeology report shortly.


The second dig also provided a unique opportunity for local residents and children at the Robert Arkenstall Primary School to visit the site to meet with the team of archaeologists. They enjoyed a special day out hearing all about the findings at the site and learning more about their local village history.


We are delighted to welcome a new Trustee, Amanda James to the board of Haddenham CLT. Amanda has a legal background and will bring a wealth of experience that will be beneficial to the CLT. We look forward to working with Amanda on the West End Gardens project and hope that many of you will get the opportunity to meet her at the next CLT meeting.


In January, we received some fantastic news that our bid to the Homes England Community Housing fund was successful and have been awarded with a grant payment of just over £42,000. This is a great achievement for the CLT and will see vital funds go towards the project. With the help from EC Community Housing we have also been interviewing ethical banks to secure the additional funding needed to purchase the affordable homes when they are completed.


What’s Next?

We will begin on the enabling works to get the site ready for construction this summer, such as diverting utilities. The main access road and civil engineering will begin this autumn followed by the construction of the houses which is expected to be late summer 2020.



31st October 2018


It’s been a while since our last update and we were hoping by now to tell you the build had started at West End Gardens. There has been a delay in starting this project and for very interesting reasons!


The initial archeology found traces of an ancient settlement on part of the site. Further work was thus called for and the soil on around 1.5 acres of the site has been removed to a depth of around 1 metre. This extra archaeological phase is expected to conclude by the end of November and building work is now scheduled for early in the New Year.


Whilst this is frustrating it does allow an amazing vision of past residents of Haddenham.  A farmstead has been discovered dating to 1st century AD and is therefore Romano British. Unusually no traces of occupation before the Roman conquest have been found (i.e. no Iron Age presence) and the site was again unoccupied by the end of the 2nd century AD, probably due to rising fen water.


The farmstead consisted it is thought of a central round building plus, enclosures for animals and many paths leading to and from. You need a sense of vision to imagine things as it is mainly soil colouration with only a few small items of note found so far.

We are pleased to announce that 2 public open days are planned and these will be on


Tuesday 6th November from 10am to 2pm and

Friday 9th November from 12.30pm to 2pm


In addition, classes from the Robert Arkenstall Primary School will be visiting on the friday morning.


Some of the archaeologists will be on site to explain their findings during these days and we hope that many of you will wish to take up this unique opportunity before it is lost forever. The site may be muddy and we advise sturdy boots or wellies!

Due to this delay we will not be starting our housing allocation process until the New Year. If you or anyone you know is a prospective tenant of HCLT please ask them to complete an expression of interest from which is now available to download. The final tenant application form is also visible on the site which will need to be completed eventually but not yet! Everyone who has already completed an expression of interest form in the past will be contacted in the new year and asked to complete this same form.


Kind Regards

Your Haddenham CLT Trustees


28th August 2018


Following approval of the planning application much work has been carried out by our development partner Palace Green Homes in preparation for commencement of building.


This includes satisfying conditions of the approval, Section 106 approval etc and other issues, such as selecting contractors and archaeology. The initial archaeological work on site found some evidence of a iron age homestead and the County Council has requested further work to be done which is currently about to start and is expected to take around 6 weeks. If any substantial finds are made we hope to arrange an open day for all to see.

This work has obviously had some effect on the construction start date, but it is still hoped that building of the access and site roads will commence in the autumn and we are still expecting our first houses to be available for occupation by our tenants by mid 2019.


The Trustees have also been busy with financial planning for the purchase of the affordable houses and their future management, which will require HCLT to take on a mortgage of around £1.8m. This is a large commitment by HCLT but will be good news for the village in the long term as once this is finally paid off the affordable homes will give us equity of around £3m (cf £4.5m full market rate). In addition, we expect an increasing surplus of funds over the years which could enable other investments in the village and we hope to discuss other opportunities with members once this first development is complete.


We have also been developing processes, policies and procedures for ongoing management of the completed site. This includes the detailed Application Form and Guidance Notes which are now available on the website. We hope to be accepting applications before the end of 2018.


9th February 2018


The Trustees are delighted to say that on Wednesday February 7th, planning permission was granted for our West End site. This is the culmination of two years of effort and has only been made possible due to the hard work of the Trustees and our partners, Palace Green Homes together with the support of EC Community Housing (formerly CLT East), the Parish Council and our members. The supportive words of the planning committee were evidence of how much we have achieved in a relatively short timescale compared with other similar organisations.

This is a great result for our village and as the years go by I’m sure they will increasingly realise what an opportunity this is for the village and its young families in particular HCLT. As well as bringing much needed housing for local people we will over time bring substantial funds for investment in further infrastructure projects within the village with decisions resting within the local community.


So one phase is complete and now another starts. Whilst bricks and mortar are a while away the Trustees will continue with the task of developing the site and preparing for our houses and their occupants, hopefully phasing in from the middle of 2019.


One of our first tasks will be to come up with a name for the new development (which we hope will be reflective of the history of Haddenham). If you have any ideas please let us know before our next trustee meeting on 26th Feb.

There will be some PR happening on the development soon and we will of course continue to keep you informed via emails and the website as the project develops

In the meantime, if you have any questions, or suggestions please let us know.



30th January 2018


Our planning application for the West End site is being discussed at the Planning Committe meeting on Wednesday 7th Febuary commencing at 2.00pm. We are hoping for a positive decision and would hope that as many members as possible can attend in support.


See the following link for more details




9th October 2017


Planning Application Submitted


It seems a long time since our last communication and the flurry of activity around our AGM in April and the second public consultation in May.


However, during this period a huge amount of work has been carried out by our partners Palace Green Homes and the architects preparing the many documents required for the Planning Application. The Trustees are extremely pleased with the final design and the very clear community benefits it provides.


We are delighted to tell you that, after a financial review, the West End project will now include 19 affordable homes for HCLT rather than the 16 quoted at the earlier consultation.


Affordable houses for local people and families are now 35% of the total and this is now well above the required minimum for purely commercial developments. This is really great news for the people of Haddenham & Aldreth and further justifies the formation of the CLT greatly improves its ability to deliver huge benefits to our villages and residents in the future.


The CLT Trustees signed off the planning application documentation at their meeting last Monday (25th September) and our application was submitted Thursday 28th September. We hope that approval will be granted by Christmas. As part of the consultation that now follows, Haddenham Parish Council will be asked for their input. Haddenham Parish Council will therefore hold a public meeting to discuss these plans, and we would request that if possible, you continue your support for HCLT by attending the meeting and showing support when announced.


We have posted the layout and design of houses on our website. Obviously, as with any planning application, details of materials/colours etc will be subject to approval by East Cambs District Council and the final approved design may vary slightly from those presented. We have not included the many other supporting documents as these will become available on the East Cambs Planning Portal.


We would hope, as a member, you will be able to submit your own personal comments to the portal supporting the application and its benefits to our village. This would greatly assist the success of our application.


We will continue to keep you informed of progress and if we achieve planning permission in the coming weeks we should be delivering our first houses in 2019!


The Trustees

Haddenham CLT


4th June 2016


Analysis of feedback from the latest consultation shows that support for the West End site has much increased as a result of the significant changes made to the site in response to feedback from the intitial consultation in December.


For further details see full report under the West End Development tab



8th May 2016


Haddenham Community Land Trust held it's second public consultation meeting on Monday 8th May at the Arkenstall Centre, Station Road, Haddenham.


88 people attended the event (43 Members and 45 non Members). It is clear from feedback that people widely support the CLT in intentions to lead community driven development in our village and provide Affordable Housing specifically for local people. The feedback on the enhancements to the West End development following feedback from the initial consultation is extremely positive. Membership of HCLT is increasing and is now nearly 100.


The West End scheme will now be subject to further refinement and detailed design and the planning application will be submitted later this year.



20th April 2016


The Haddenham CLT AGM was attended by 43 members with an update on the redesign of the West End Site following feedback from the initial consultation in December which was favourably received. A number of concerns regarding access and other detail were taken on board and will be addressed in the subsequent public consultation in May. 




23rd December 2016


The West End section on the website has been updated to include questions and answers and analysis of feedback from consultation day.


Consultation day Wednesday 7th December


The consultation day was a great success with around 150 people attending. We received some very good feedback and are currently collating this for presentation and and discussion with members at a meeting planned for the new year. We signed up another 22 members at the event, but we still need more to ensure this project is representative of the views of residents.


Trustee Meeting 14th November 2016


Trustees discussed the progress made by Palace Green Homes and their architects Saunders Boston on the preferred site. The architects have studied Haddenham architecture and produced ideas for the style of housing along 4 or 5 themes. The Trustees have arranged a drop in consultation session at the Arkenstall on Wednesday 7th December 4.00pm - 8.00pm where current progress (exhibition boards and 3D site model ideas) will be available for the public and members to provide feedback and own ideas before the project progresses further. Please come along and support this important meeting.


14th July Note to Members


Dear Member


Thank you for coming along to our public meeting in June and deciding to become part of the Haddenham Community Land Trust (HCLT). We currently have around 40 members and are actively seeking more so please talk to your neighbours and friends in the village.


Since that meeting we have held our first official meeting of the Trustees and made good progress. The main outcome of the meeting was the selection of our preferred site in the village, which is the site off West End that was shown at the public meeting.


We were only offered 2 sites by local landowners and although it is not too late for others to come forward we decided to ask our development partners, Palace Green Homes, to move forward with some initial design work and then submit the site to ECDC for a planning pre-application. This is not in any way a commitment to build or even purchase the site, but does give us some idea of the suitability of the site and throw up any major issues. We still have the alternative site that was offered down Bury Lane which we hold in reserve for the moment.


We expect this pre-application phase to be completed in the next few weeks and we then intend to hold a further public consultation meeting focused on this site and listen to your views about our proposal before we take the next step.


If you find others who wish to join HCLT please ask them to contact Jenny Manning, Clerk of the Parish Council, on 01353 749919.


You will be hearing from us again soon.


Haddenham CLT Trustees



12th June 2016


Haddenham CLT held a succesful first meeting with 31 members signing as members of the CLT to help shape the future of development in Haddenham and Aldreth. We have had 4 plots of land offered for delvelopment and will shortly be holding a meeting to consider the suitability of these sites. If you were unable to make the meeting and want to become a member to influence development in the villages, application forms are available at the Library. It only costs a £1 to join the CLT and every member has a 1 vote irrespective of how many shares they own. Further information is available on the Application Form or alternatively contact us via the website form.


8th June 2016


Haddenham CLT has succesfully registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society, registration number 7344.


15th March 2016


Join us for the first public meeting of the Haddenham Community Trust between 14.00 - 16.00 at the Arkenstall Centre on Sunday 12th June. A chance to drop in, meet the team and find out more. A copy of the agenda will be posted soon.

We are located at:


Arkenstall Centre
c/o The Library,



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