The homes completed are one, two-bedroom bungalow and two, three-bedroom semi-detached homes with off road parking and their own garden. All three properties are built of natural stone with blue slate roofs and sash windows to preserve the national parks design standards.
Hudswell Community Charity was set up over 150 years ago to help disadvantaged people in the area and owns and manages three houses, which were endowed to it over 70 years ago.
Concerned about the loss of local facilities and prompted by the closure of their local village pub, the charity took it over and transformed it in an award winning pub, winning the CAMRA awards for 2016 CAMRA National Pub of the Year and the 2017 CAMRA Yorkshire Pub of the Year.
The Board carried out a housing survey in the village in 2014 which showed that there was demand for more affordable homes. Hudswell Community Charity already owned and managed three properties towards the west end of the village which are rented to local people and it was agreed that the new homes would be rented out to local people from Hudswell or neighbouring Downholme. The community knew of people who have strong local connections with the village, but who could not afford to buy a home in Hudswell and that there was a need generally for affordable rented housing, which would allow people in this position who were unable to move to the village, may have to leave the village or wanting to move back to the village.
Finding the land
The Trust were fortunate in this case as they already owned the land which was left to them by a local benefactor so that it would benefit the community.
One of the members had come across Charity Bank during a previous village project and suggested Charity Bank as a potential lender. They raised £80,000 themselves, applied for a £250,000 loan from Charity Bank and a £40,000 grant from Richmondshire District Council from the Community Housing Fund.
Managing the Project
The Community were supported by the Rural Housing Enabler for Richmondshire and Community First Yorkshire. The houses were designed by Evolve Architectural Services Limited.