14 Feb 2019

First residents move into new homes in Calne

Just under a year after GreenSquare’s regeneration work began at Woodroffe Square in Calne, the first wave of residents have picked up the keys to their new homes.

Plans for the area have seen the demolition of garages and houses (numbers 49 to 60) in Woodroffe Square to make way for 24 new homes, with associated parking and outside space.

The new homes, nine flats and 15 houses, are available for affordable rent and some shared ownership.

Despite wind and rain, the weather didn’t dampen their spirits as residents arrived to pick up their keys to the first of the completed new homes at the end of last week (8 February).

Couple Louise Edginton and Darren Whiting are new residents, moving with their two children from a flat in Bodinnar House in Calne.

Louise said: "The move was good, we still have a lot of unpacking to do! It’s a nice house, the kids have a garden now which we didn’t have in the flat. It’s a quieter area too so we’ve been able to get them into a bedtime routine."

Also collecting her keys was Rachel Wootten, a returning resident. Her house in Woodroffe was demolished as part of the regeneration plans. She and her teenage son have been living in a nearby property in the town during the development work.

Speaking on the day she said: "I’ve lived in Calne all my life, and had been in my previous house here for over 13 years. There wasn’t really enough space and it was very old. I have been looking forward to moving in and have all my boxes ready. It will be nice to have a fresh start in a new home."

Tom Chapman-Young, regeneration officer for GreenSquare said: "The regeneration of Woodroffe Square has been an exciting project and we are pleased to be welcoming families into their new homes. For the residents returning back to the scheme it has been a pleasure working with them and supporting them through this process."

The homes are being built by GreenSquare’s in-house development arm, GreenSquare Homes.

Corinna Johnson, development manager for GreenSquare said: "We are committed to improving Woodroffe Square for returning and new residents and I’m pleased to see the progress that’s been made. We expect the project to be completed by the summer, with the remaining properties ready for residents to move in."