Breathing life into old Royal Wootton Bassett brewery
DEVELOPMENTS at a former brewery and pub have continued to move forward with tenants taking occupancy and commercial plans afoot for the site.
A £4.4m housing development, built on the site of the derelict Beaufort Arms pub off Station Road in Royal Wootton Bassett, is complete and ready for new tenants.
Whilst the Beaufort Brewery, situated at the north end of the Drayman’s Court development, has finally seen contractors wade in and begin work, attracting positive reviews on social networks.
No official announcement has yet been made on which direction development at the former brewery will take, though Paul Vitti Residential, an estate agent in the town, is set to sell any future accommodation on the plot.
A comment on a photo posted to the Royal Wootton Bassett Facebook page suggests there will be one town house, three apartments, a Waitrose store and a Costa Coffee outlet built on the brewery site.
Meanwhile, the 27 homes built over the road have been welcomed in several circles, particularly as affordable options in a town which has had a high demand for many years.
One of the first residents to receive the keys to their new home was Shirley Rollinson, who moved into a property with her husband Gary and their son, Nicholas.
Shirley said: “We were on the housing list for about 18 months, waiting for a suitable property to come up. We previously lived in Market Lavington and my husband works in Swindon, so Royal Wootton Bassett is ideal for him.
“We were absolutely thrilled when we found out we’d been chosen for one of the new homes here.”
Developers Aster Homes worked with Wiltshire Council, house builder Taylor Wimpey, site agent Tremain Powell Partnership and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver this project.
The HCA invested more than £430,000 in the scheme, which includes a mixture of two and three bedroom properties.
Nineteen of the plots are up for rent, and managed by Aster Communities, whilst the remaining eight are provided under shared ownership.
Anna Kear, regional development director for Aster Homes, said: “This week is Yes to Homes Week, which the National Housing Federation is running to highlight and address the current housing shortage in Britain.
“It’s a timely reminder that, like much of Wiltshire, Royal Wootton Bassett needs high-quality new affordable housing and Drayman’s Court will help to provide exactly that.”
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