7 Jun 2019

New home makes real difference to Calne family

A GreenSquare resident has spoken about how moving into one of 16 new GreenSquare properties in Calne has been “life-changing” for her family. 

The homes are part of the Bowood Gate development in Studley, and were purchased under a section 106 agreement, which requires a certain percentage of new developments to be available for low cost home ownership and affordable rent. 

Cath Strange, has moved into her new home, from a smaller property in Chippenham. 

“It is a lovely area and a lovely community. When I got the phone call to say I’ve been allocated I thought yes! It was worth waiting for, I’d landed on my feet and it was perfect. I knew it would be life-changing as a family to be closer to work and to have a bigger property,” she said. 

Cath works part-time at a local supermarket and her husband Tim works at the nearby timber merchants. They have four children, three who live at home. 

“My children love it here, they absolutely love it because it’s like a countryside feel, you’ve got the fields, you’ve got the views,” Cath explains. “They love their new rooms. They were over the moon to have their own rooms, especially my eight-year-old, because he’s had to share before. He was overwhelmed, he nearly cried.” 

More residents will be moving into the GreenSquare properties this month, with the final hand over of properties expected mid-July. 

Jo Curson, head of development at GreenSquare, said: “We’re pleased that our residents are really enjoying their new homes. This successful deal has enabled us to further increase the variety of affordable homes GreenSquare has to offer in the region. 

“The UK’s housing shortage is no secret and here in Wiltshire, with house prices exceeding average salaries, an affordable home is out of reach for many people. This is why we are committed to helping to address the problem wherever possible.” 

At the end of this month, the regeneration project at Woodroffe Square in Calne will be successfully completed, bringing a further 24 new homes to the town. 

The project started has seen the demolition of garages and older properties, to make way for the new homes. 

Comprising of nine flats and 15 houses, with associated parking and outside space, the homes are a mixture of affordable rent and some shared ownership. 

The properties have been built by GreenSquare’s in-house development arm, GreenSquare Homes.