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Wiltshire Council house building project making progress

Wiltshire Council house building project making progress

More than 220 new affordable homes will be built in Wiltshire by 2020 as Wiltshire Council’s £42.5million housing development programme continues to make progress.   The council is working with local communities and various contractors to develop, own and manage 226 affordable homes for families and elderly residents across the county. The homes are a mix of extra care, general needs houses and bungalows for the over 55s.   Wiltshire Council corporate director Carolyn Godfrey, said: “These schemes are a central part of our housing strategy. The homes help our more senior residents stay in suitable housing that adapt to their needs for as long as they require it in their old age. But we also have affordable properties which help people get on the property ladder in their local communities – where they have their local support networks in place.”   Extra Care Facilities: Amesbury Extra Care will deliver 60 independent living apartments and due to be completed in March 2018. Nadder Close, a sheltered housing scheme in Tisbury, is being developed into an extra care service. Communal facilities throughout are being improved and should be ready by May 2017. Needham House in Devizes will be finished in May 2017, and the first residents will be able to move in during Summer 2017. It contains 47 two and one bed apartments for people over the age of 55.   General needs: Building is starting on Southview Park, Trowbridge this month (March 2017). It will see 28 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership. In Coombe Bissett, approval has been granted to progress four new homes in the village, which should be ready in late 2017.   Bungalows: All of the bungalows within the programme will be owned and managed by Wiltshire Council on affordable rent tenancies. They will help older residents remain within their local community, they will be adaptable and will be designed and built to a high standard.   Construction started on eight new bungalows designed to house people aged over 55 in rural locations in Rowde and East Knoyle in September, and they are due for completion in June 2017. Construction has also recently started on four new bungalows in Durrington with completion expecting in November 2017. Another two bungalows are due to start construction in Mere this spring, with five bungalows in the planning process at Corsley Heath.   If people wish to find out more about the affordable homes within the council house build programme, they should email housing.strategy@wiltshire.gov.uk.


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