The Newlands Community Association (NCA) was established in 1996 to be a focal organisation for the Newlands area’s myriad local community bodies. As such the NCA undertook a central role in the steering groups that successfully bid for the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) award for the Newlands that was implemented and managed by the Newlands Partnership Board (NPB) over the period 1997 – 2004.
The NPB, during its highly successful administration of the SRB, adopted an innovative long-term strategy of investment in the community intended to ensure that the SRB’s successes would be both maintained and developed further. This involved significant investment in major assets that would generate income to be made available to the Newlands’ community bodies and residents for continuation of the regeneration strategy.
The NPB designated the NCA as the successor organisation on completion of the SRB term. Jointly they invited Bradford MDC to act as the requisite Accountable Body. The NCA’s status as the designated successor organisation to the NPB, and Bradford Council’s role as the Accountable Body, were confirmed and formalised in the tripartite agreement signed by all parties in November 2003.
As the designated successor body the NCA duly established itself as a company limited by guarantee and successfully achieved Registered Charity status.
The NCA, as the representative organisation for the Newlands area’s community bodies and residents, has a mission to relieve poverty, advance education, promote and assist in the provision of leisure and recreation facilities thus improving the quality of life for the area’s communities and residents.
Achieving this requires the NCA to continue the success of the SRB through the economic, efficient and effective stewardship of the inherited assets.
To enable the NCA to undertake its role a wholly owned company, Newlands Community Association (Trading) Ltd was formed to directly manage a part of the assets portfolio which would generate profits for transfer to the NCA from which funding for community projects could be financed.