Building new bungalows for elderly residents

Six new bungalows designed to house elderly people in rural locations in Mere and Durrington are well underway to being completed.

The bungalows will be owned and run by Wiltshire Council and 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.

Building is underway on the two bungalows in Mere, while the four bungalows in Durrington are now watertight, which allows the internal fit to take place.

The bungalows in Mere are planned to be ready during the Spring of 2018, while the bungalows in Durrington are to be complete this December. The bungalows are modern, well-designed, built to a high standard and able to be adapted.

Cllr John Smale, Conservatives portfolio holder for housing, said:

"Wiltshire Council is committed to providing new affordable homes and this is an excellent way to utilise underused council-owned land to provide a much needed housing solution in this county.

"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 in turn free up larger houses for the many families in Wiltshire who need somewhere to live."

The innovative schemes are part of Wiltshire Council's housing development programme, which will see affordable homes built all over Wiltshire. The council is working with local communities to create, own and run the affordable homes for families and elderly residents across the county. These schemes will mean there will be approximately 5,540 Wiltshire Council owned affordable homes for families and elderly residents across the county.