Affordable development offers better rents and shared ownership in Trowbridge

Trowbridge mayor Glyn Bridges at the Centenary Court development with residents Marcus Gobby, right, and Victoria Challis-Gobby, and Gerraint Oakley of Curo Homes. Picture by Glenn Phillips (49667)

Trowbridge mayor Glyn Bridges at the Centenary Court development with residents Marcus Gobby, right, and Victoria Challis-Gobby, and Gerraint Oakley of Curo Homes. Picture by Glenn Phillips (49667)

First published in News by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

Mayor Glyn Bridges officially opened a development of 24 affordable homes, named to commemorate the beginning of the First World War, in Trowbridge on Monday.

Centenary Court was built by housing and support organisation Curo, which has invested over £600,000 into the scheme, with additional funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Of the homes, 18 are available through Wiltshire Council’s Homes for Wiltshire scheme on rents, below market values.

Among the first people to move in are Victoria and Marcus Gobby, who were welcomed into their newly-built one-bed apartment by the mayor.

Mrs Gobby said: “We both grew up in the area and work nearby – Marcus is an assistant manager in Chippenham and I’m a supermarket team leader in Trowbridge.

“We’ve found it difficult to find anywhere affordable and it’s been a long wait for us, but so worth it. We really love living here.”

Six houses are being sold through Curo’s Shared Ownership scheme which helps people get on the housing ladder by part-buying, part-renting.

All 18 rented properties are now let and only two Shared Ownership homes remain for sale.

Jane Alderman, head of Curo’s development team, said: “We’re especially pleased to have delivered these homes on what was a prominent brownfield site that had sat derelict for several years.”

The homes were designed by BBA Architects & Planners and built by Carter Construction with building work taking just over a year to complete.

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9:39am Sun 17 Aug 14

rovlapt says...

Well its very good to see affordable housing in this area but I only hope the homes go to those that really deserve them and not predominantly to wasters or migrants who appear to be taking over certain developments of this nature.

The resident you fearyure appear to be extremely nice people and they are the type that really deserve these homes.

I make these comments as a recent development in Adcroft street Trowbridge appears to have been let to a very high percentage of migrants that puts the few indigenous residents in a minority and that is not the way to go.
Well its very good to see affordable housing in this area but I only hope the homes go to those that really deserve them and not predominantly to wasters or migrants who appear to be taking over certain developments of this nature. The resident you fearyure appear to be extremely nice people and they are the type that really deserve these homes. I make these comments as a recent development in Adcroft street Trowbridge appears to have been let to a very high percentage of migrants that puts the few indigenous residents in a minority and that is not the way to go. rovlapt
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11:57am Fri 22 Aug 14

politepanda says...

So - of the "affordable" home - 16 are in fact housing association. For those on the social register.
Only 8 shared ownership homes can be termed "affordable" - for those who will always struggle - they earn too much/don't have any medical or social reasons to be on the social register, but will NEVER be able to afford to buy on the open market.
The Housing association homes will go to whoever claws their way to the top "bidding slot" on the social register.
But - having a huge need for "affordable" housing - says a lot about this country, I think.
So - of the "affordable" home - 16 are in fact housing association. For those on the social register. Only 8 shared ownership homes can be termed "affordable" - for those who will always struggle - they earn too much/don't have any medical or social reasons to be on the social register, but will NEVER be able to afford to buy on the open market. The Housing association homes will go to whoever claws their way to the top "bidding slot" on the social register. But - having a huge need for "affordable" housing - says a lot about this country, I think. politepanda
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