Chichester Community Development Trust’s objectives for the next 10 years are ambitious. These projects will give you a sense of CCDT’s aspirations for its communities.
In December 2014, at the masterplan application, CDC and the developers have agreed to pass the current sales and marketing suite to CCDT to use as a community building and income generating building. The working title of the building is the Pavilion and the building will be passed to CCDT towards the end of the development. If you would like to know more or have ideas or input into this wonderful space please get in touch. At present the transfer and ownership of Havenstoke Park still remain undecided but CCDT and the local community wish to take on ownership of the park to preserve its heritage and safeguard this valuable space for the future. We are working with the developers and CDC to clarify ownership ideas for this. We will keep you posted when we know more!
In 2015 we closed our award-winning, temporary community garden. We will announce the plans for the new garden and orchard as soon as we can.
On former NHS land, to the south of Graylingwell Park, is a proposed development called Lower Graylingwell. CCDT is now working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and developers for Lower Graylingwell with a view to taking ownership of the community facilities (a multi purpose sports and community building), sport pitches and community garden for the benefit of the community. The outline masterplan was been approved in October 2015 and now the detailed plans will be submitted and the building work will begin during the Autumn of 2016 to build 163 new homes and a community pavilion.
Plans for the development can be seen here:
Chichester Community Development Trust is working in partnership with Chichester College to provide a much-needed bus shelter for residents. Students are designing and building the bus stop. We are very keen to build local partnerships and this real-life project gives students the chance develop their skills and CVs further. This project will commence in January 2016 and we hope that the new shelter will be in place by Easter 2016.
By 2020 the derelict stable buildings at Graylingwell Park will be refurbished and transformed into enterprise studios that will be owned and managed by CCDT.
The Studios will provide a range of facilities and space for individuals and businesses to rent at affordable prices, with the aim of supporting sustainable growth of young and small enterprises locally.
The 10,000 ft² facility will include spaces for hire for artists’ studios, for social enterprise start-ups and voluntary sector organisations and ‘business incubator’ units that will provide start-up support for new enterprises. We hope to help individuals, businesses and organisations from a variety of sectors including arts, catering, and training. With flexible rent options, the Studios will provide opportunities for individuals to benefit from early-stage support encouraging networking, collaboration and mutual support.
The Studios will be multi-functional and accommodate all kinds of uses. Studio and development space isn’t easy to find and the Graylingwell Studios will provide a resources for a number of groups and organisations who currently feel they don’t have a suitable base.