GreenSquare has celebrated the completion of its Woodroffe Square regeneration which has seen 24 new homes built for rent and shared ownership.
The project involved the demolition of older garages and houses to allow for redevelopment of the area, including parking and outside space. Built by GreenSquare’s in-house development arm, GreenSquare Homes, the 24 new properties comprise of 15 two and three bedroom houses and nine two bedroom apartments.
A celebration event was held at the development (Thursday 29 August) attended by Calne Town Mayor Cllr Robert Merrick, as well as staff and invited residents.
Speaking at the event Barry Wood, managing director for development at GreenSquare, said: “It’s great to be celebrating the completion of this development and to be joined by some of our residents and GreenSquare colleagues, many of whom were involved in the project. We are grateful for the support of residents and the local community, as well as Calne Town Council and Wiltshire County Council.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to successfully bring more homes to the area.”
At the event was Melissa Waldron, 25, who moved into her new two bedroom home at Woodroffe Square in May. She lives with her husband Shane and their two young children Logan, eight months and Oscar, aged two.
“We are starting to feel settled in now and it’s great for the kids to have a garden too, especially over the summer, we got them a paddling pool,” she said. “We used to live in a top floor flat so had no garden, the conditions weren’t great either, it was very cold, whereas here it’s warm and cosy.”
Melissa continues: “We’re friendly with the neighbours and it’s a nice area, the houses look good. I’m excited about our first Christmas, being able to put decorations up and lights outside our home and make it look really nice.”
Also at the event was Lisa Judd, 32, who moved into one of the shared ownership apartments in early June.
Shared ownership enables people to part-buy and part-rent their own home, an ideal option for people who cannot afford to buy a property outright on the open market. It is an alternative to renting or full ownership but gives people the same rights and responsibilities as any other homeowner.
Lisa said: “I knew about the basics of shared ownership and how it provides a useful starting step for people like me who want to own their own place but can’t afford to buy one outright. I would recommend shared ownership for individuals like myself, and also for couples or young families, particularly those on low incomes.”
Before moving into her new home, Lisa had been renting for three years, most recently in Trowbridge.
She continues: “It’s a nice feeling, essentially having my own home. I own a share in it so it means I can make it my own. I’d been renting in a lot of older properties, so it’s nice to be in a new build and have things like a proper kitchen.”
This is the second regeneration project completed by GreenSquare in Calne, having completed 12 new houses in 2017 at Abberd Way. They are also currently undergoing a planning application to turn an empty building at Marden Court into 16 new apartments.