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A new company, the Chesham Community Interest Company, is looking for YOUR support as it plans an ambitious and imaginative future for Chesham.

Below we explain the need and opportunity for a Masterplan; the Community Interest Company through which it will be delivered; steps to engage the community; and how you can get in touch and register for more information.

Further information will be added regularly as it becomes available, and a full version website is under development.

A Masterplan for Chesham

The Masterplan for Chesham is in part a response to the changes to our town and community likely to be determined by the joint Local Plan for Chiltern and South Bucks Districts.

Housing needs and the Green Belt are the two major areas of focus in the Councils’ current deliberations. Within the Chiltern District Council area, the need for an additional 7,000 homes has been identified by 2036.

Chesham Community Interest Company (CIC) accepts the need for an increase in population and housing density. Properly managed, these challenges can attract capital and long-term inward investment to revitalise our town.

This is a unique opportunity to improve Chesham, bring extra business to the High Street and maintain our historic assets.Tony Molesworth, Chairman, Chesham CIC and Chesham Society

Chesham needs to be an attractive place for residents, businesses, visitors and investment. We seek to deliver joined-up thinking on residential and commercial development and infrastructure, rarely achieved through more piecemeal development decisions. All the while, we are determined to retain and enhance the special character of Chesham.

Chesham Community Interest Company

The programme of work envisaged by the Master Plan can only be viable if it is managed as one programme covering all infrastructure, both new and upgraded, and new residential accommodation, commercial and leisure facilities.

The Special Purpose Vehicle best suited to deliver this programme on behalf of the community is a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Benefiting the community is what CICs are all about…Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies: Information and guidance notes

CICs are limited companies which operate to provide a benefit to the community they serve. The CIC sector is regulated by the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. The CIC legal structure supports a wide range of activities which range from very small local projects to multi-million pound health services. They apply to all industry sectors and are located in every area of the UK.

CICs are not strictly ‘not for profit’. They can deliver returns to investors, to encourage investment in the social enterprise sector, though these must be balanced and reasonable . The purpose of the CIC is primarily one of community benefit rather than private profit.

The Asset Lock is a fundamental feature of CICs. It is designed to ensure that the assets of the CIC, including any profits or other surpluses generated by its activities, are used for the benefit of the community, even after the CIC ceases to exist.

An interim board for a CIC in Chesham has been formed. It will be chaired by Tony Molesworth, with Directors Ray Payne, Andy Garnett, Andrew Ketteringham and Roger Smith. All are residents of Chesham. An application will be made to the CIC Regulator and Companies House to form a CIC to deliver the Master Plan vision.

Community Engagement

The Chesham Community Interest Company will draft, in conjunction with its members and the local community, a ‘Masterplan for Chesham’.

It has engaged the services of an experienced master planner of impeccable technical credentials; but of equal importance will be a track record of engagement, and an ability to:

  • present research, evaluation and proposals clearly to a wide range of audiences;
  • communicate ideas and proposals clearly and succinctly through words, diagrams and three-dimensional illustrations;
  • explain design decisions to wide audience/key stakeholders;
  • bring together key stakeholders interests into a coherent whole;

Already there is a strong core of founder members, which has facilitated early work on the Master Plan. The Directors of the proposed company are seeking further members and supporters for the company.

Launch of the new company is anticipated to be in late June/early July, following which it is expected that there will be a wide-ranging consultation with residents, employers and other stakeholders.

Contact

Chesham Community Interest Company is committed to communication with the community at every stage of the progress of the Chesham Masterplan.

If you would like us to keep you informed by e-mail, please fill in the form.

We require only 4 pieces of information: your e-mail address, your name, whether you are a resident of Chesham, and whether you have a business within Chesham. Your address and business name are optional.

You will be sent an e-mail to confirm your wish to subscribe. You can unsubscribe at any point.

We will not use your e-mail for any purpose other than keeping you informed and consulting you about Chesham CIC and the Chesham Masterplan.

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