Conservative Wiltshire Council gives go ahead for Bungalow scheme in Mere

Conservative Wiltshire Council gives go ahead for Bungalow scheme in Mere

The bungalows will be owned and run by Conservative administered Wiltshire Council and will help older residents remain within their local community, have a home that is energy efficient and cost effective to run, and have suitable accommodation to meet their needs as they become older. 

This means the properties they are currently in can be released for larger families on the housing register. The bungalows are modern, well designed, built to a high standard and able to be adapted. They will be available for affordable rent through Wiltshire Council.

Conservative Councillor Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for housing, said: 

We are committed to providing new affordable homes and this is an excellent way to utilise council-owned land to provide needed housing.  

I am particularly delighted we are providing affordable homes for our older residents in rural areas so they can continue to enjoy and be part of their own local communities. This will then free up larger houses for the many families in Wiltshire who need somewhere to live.

The innovative scheme is part of the Conservative Wiltshire Council's £42.5million housing development programme, which will see more than 220 new affordable homes built in Wiltshire by 2020. The council is working with local communities to create, own and run 226 affordable homes for families and elderly residents across the county.

These schemes will mean there will be approximately 6,000 Wiltshire Council owned affordable homes for families and elderly residents across the county.

Planning permission was granted in December, and it is anticipated construction will begin during the summer (2017), with the homes ready to be occupied by Spring 2018.

by Hollis Butler,