On Monday 11 August, the Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Glyn Bridges, officially opened Centenary Court, a development of 24 affordable homes built by Curo and named to commemorate the Great War.
Amongst the first people to move into the new homes are Victoria and Marcus Gobby, who were welcomed into their newly-built one-bed apartment by the Mayor.
Victoria 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 – so we really wanted to find a place of our own close-by. 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.”
Curo has invested over £600,000 into the scheme with additional funding coming from the Homes and Communities Agency. Of the homes, 18 are being made available through Wiltshire Council’s Homes for Wiltshire scheme on Affordable Rents which are below market values.
The remaining six houses are being sold through Curo’s Shared Ownership scheme which helps people get on the housing ladder by part-buying, part-renting their new home, making home ownership possible without the large deposits required conventionally.
Demand has been high, with all 18 rented properties now let and only two Shared Ownership homes remaining for sale.
Jane Alderman, Head of Curo’s Development team, said: “At Curo we’re committed to increasing the number of homes in the region and have plans to build around 250 new affordable homes every year. We’re especially pleased to have delivered these much-needed homes on what was a prominent brownfield site that had sat derelict for several years.”
Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for strategic planning said: “These are fantastic modern affordable homes that I am sure will benefit many families for years to come. It is also fitting that in this year of remembering and commemorating the First World War this development is called Centenary Court.”
The homes were designed by BBA Architects & Planners and constructed by Carter Construction with building work taking just over a year from the first spade being dug to handover.
If you'd like to know more about Shared Ownership properties available at Centenary Court and other Curo developments, contact Curo’s Sales team on 01225 366064 or visit www.curo-group.co.uk/sales.
Pictured, left-right: Gerraint Oakley, Managing Director of Curo Homes; Victoria Gobby, Cllr Glyn Bridges, Mayor of Trowbridge; and Marcus Gobby.