Wiltshire Council has been given an early Christmas present after successfully bidding for funds to build more affordable homes.
Homes England announced Wiltshire has secured £1.3m funding to help create 44 affordable high quality properties around the county.
Richard Clewer, cabinet member for housing said: “I’m delighted we have secured this additional funding which means we can create more opportunities for people to make their home in Wiltshire.
“This is part of our £44m programme to build 229 affordable homes across the county so people are not priced out of their local area. We want people to be able to continue to live locally and contribute to the economy and community.”
The major investment programme has been split into two phases:
- Phase 1 – 180 affordable homes to be complete by 2020, with a total investment of £34.4m. Phase 1 homes have already been built in Devizes, Amesbury, Trowbridge, Rowde, East Knoyle, Durrington, Corsley, Mere and Coombe Bissett. Wiltshire Council has just received Homes England grant funding of £770k to complete this programme for the construction of the final 22 homes in Trowbridge.
- Phase 2 – a further 49 affordable homes in 16 locations across Wiltshire with a total investment of £9.5m with 22 homes receiving grant funding by Homes England to the value of £610k.