4 Aug 2020

New homes help families to stay in Compton Bassett

New homes in Briar Leaze
  • (L-R) Sam Musto, GreenSquare Homes Site Manager; Tina Haley; Tom Chapman-Young, Regeneration Manager

GreenSquare has celebrated the completion of its regeneration work at Briar Leaze in Compton Bassett, which has seen 13 new homes built for affordable rent, shared ownership and sale. 

The redevelopment plans saw the demolition of six older houses in Briar Leaze to make way for new homes – a mixture of houses and bungalows – which have been built by GreenSquare’s in-house development arm GreenSquare Homes. 

Tom Chapman-Young, Regeneration Manager at GreenSquare, said: "We're delighted to have completed these new homes in Briar Leaze. Building more affordable homes in rural areas like this means that not only are we helping people to put down roots in countryside locations, who might otherwise have been priced out of the area, but we’re also enabling those who have lived here a long time, to stay here.”

Peter Crouch, New Business and Development Manager at GreenSquare, said: “We have worked closely with local residents, the Parish Council and Wiltshire Council on our redevelopment plans to bring more affordable homes to the village. We’d like to say thank you for their input, and also their patience and support during the redevelopment.” 

One of the new properties at Briar Leaze has been built and adapted specifically with the needs of the Haley family in mind, to provide a home suitable for their son, who has autism, cerebral palsy, and severe learning difficulties and complex needs. 

These adaptations include wider doors in the property, a ground-floor bedroom with direct garden access, a ground-floor wet room, secure garden fencing, and a custom built car port. 

Mrs Haley said: “We were initially a bit worried about how our son, Mason, might settle in to his new home, but we needn’t have been. He settled well in his new bedroom from the first night we moved in! 

“When we were first asked about whether we would like a purpose-built bungalow, we were thrilled at the opportunity. We previously lived on the other side of Briar Leaze in a house, which although we had adaptations there for Mason, we still faced challenges with the stairs.

“Now, the whole family is just so happy and content here. This new home is much safer for Mason and we really just couldn’t be more pleased. We’re delighted to have been able to stay in Briar Leaze, where we’ve lived for the past 10 years. It’s so peaceful and quiet here.”

To create this new bungalow for the Haley family, GreenSquare worked closely with Wiltshire Council’s Occupational Therapists’ team. 

Chris Benson, Architectural Designer at GreenSquare, worked closely on the design plans. He said: “I’ve been involved in this regeneration project since concept stage, and my design work included the adaptation of the Haley family’s previous home several years ago as well as their new home more recently. It’s always a great pleasure to see plans transfer from the drawing board to reality and the positive difference it makes for communities.”

Pete Szczesiak, Chair of Compton Bassett Parish Council, said: “The parish council was pleased to be able to work closely with GreenSquare throughout the redevelopment process – the first of its kind in the area for 60 years or so. 

“GreenSquare Homes and site manager Sam did really well for keeping the disruption to a minimum – the team was very courteous throughout the build. Now that the properties are all finished, they are even better than we thought they would be! Everyone who has moved in so far are really happy with their new homes, which are all looking great.” 

Elsewhere in Wiltshire, GreenSquare Homes is redeveloping areas at Bendy Bow in Oaksey near Malmesbury (demolishing 12 older properties to make way for 24 new, affordable homes); and at Middlefields in Chippenham, they are in the final stages of building 35 new homes for rent and shared ownership.

To find out more about development at GreenSquare, click here.