GreenSquare celebrated the completion of 34 affordable homes in Calne today (Tuesday 16 June), with a celebration event for residents, local councillors, board members, and staff involved with the project.
The 34 homes – all for affordable rent – are located on Brunel Way off Stanier Road. Built by GreenSquare's in-house construction firm, the development benefited from a £1 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). It comprises four one-bed apartments and 29 two-, three-, and four-bedroom houses. There’s also a wheelchair-adapted property on site, which was designed with a local family in mind and supported by a £30,349 adaptations grant from Wiltshire Council.
Howard Toplis, GreenSquare’s chief executive, said: "We’re really pleased to have been able to build this development made up exclusively of affordable homes to benefit local people. These new homes are well-designed, high-quality properties and they look good. As a leading provider of affordable homes across Wiltshire, we're proud to be doing our part to help address the increasing demand for housing in the area."
Local resident Craig is going to be moving into one of the new two-bedroom properties with his partner Kayleigh and their baby daughter Scarlett. He said: "We’re absolutely delighted to be moving into our new house. At the moment we live in a one-bedroom flat in Colemans Farm in Calne and with a young baby we just don’t have the space we need. And we’re even more pushed for space when my eight-year old daughter comes to visit. Having this new house is a dream come true – it will be much quieter, Scarlett can have a room of her own, and the children will finally have a garden they can play in."
At the event, Craig and Kayleigh were presented with an orchid by GreenSquare’s board chair Hilary Gardner; Wiltshire Councillor Howard Marshall; and HCA Head of Area Peter Jones, to welcome them to their new home. Their daughter Scarlett was also treated to her own set of plastic toy keys!
Staff who worked on the project had the chance to meet the new residents and have a look at the finished homes. Phil Bowley, GreenSquare’s Head of Regeneration, was also on hand to talk to people about GreenSquare’s future plans for the area.
Phil Bowley said: "This site is one of a number of sites we have been looking at across Calne. We have a number of properties in the town and the surrounding area and we are working closely with Wiltshire Council and Calne Town Council on a town-wide vision, to ensure we’re making the most of all our assets and to look at potentially developing more in the future."