After six years on the housing list, Jane Aitken and her family have been made to feel right at home in Corsham.
The cleaning supervisor, her partner Dean and children Jordan and Imogen were welcomed to the new Spring Tinings estate last Thursday by developer GreenSquare, which has built 17 new houses on a former care home site on Beechfield Road.
The new estate consists of 10 homes for affordable rent and seven for shared ownership, all with two, three or four bedrooms, two parking spaces and their own garden. All have now been allocated to residents, with many families already in place.
She said: “The house is beautiful. We lived in private rented accommodation, so when they said they had somewhere I was over the moon.
“There was lots of damp and mildew where we were, but this is our home now, we can make it ours. The location is great, and it’s only a two-minute walk for my daughter to get to school.”
The redevelopment of the former Spring Tinings Care Home was funded by a £440,000 investment from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, and supported by Wiltshire Council.
Planning permission was approved last March, with the first of the properties completed within a year.
The family was presented with a housewarming gift by GreenSquare chairman Hilary Gardner, and councillor Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for strategic planning.
Coun Sturgis said: “This is a great story for Corsham. The council is committed to providing housing across Wiltshire. We know we have to have more, and we always need more affordable housing, whether to rent or as shared ownership.”
GreenSquare is committed to building a further 354 new homes across Wiltshire, with developments under way in Rudloe, Chippenham, and Sherston.