Housing association views new affordable rent homes in Warminster

By Ben Carey on 25 April, 2024

The board of Selwood Housing has visited the Jubilee Gardens development in Warminster to view progress.

43 homes at Jubilee Gardens have been designated for Selwood Housing, which will help alleviate housing need in the area and reduce the number of people on the Local Authority’s housing waiting list.

The first nine of these were handed over last autumn. The 43 homes will consist of 26 affordable rent properties and 17 for shared ownership. They will include a mix of one to two-bed apartments and two to four-bed homes.

As part of the scheme, developer Persimmon says it will invest millions of pounds in the local vicinity including land for a new primary school, areas of open space including a riverside park, children’s play areas, and two areas of sports pitches with associated changing rooms.

A local centre, allotments, public art, employment land, improvements to public footpaths, new pedestrian and cycle routes, biodiversity enhancements and a dedicated ecology area will also be delivered.

Financial contributions will also be made towards education provision, bus services connecting the scheme, health care in Warminster and enhancements to local public rights of way.

Persimmon Homes Regional Managing Director, Julian Roper, said, “We’re very proud of the work we’ve accomplished so far at Jubilee Gardens and we’re delighted that Selwood Housing chose to see the properties we built here as a strong example of the high-quality homes we have transferred to them.

“Persimmon is a business that is committed to leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the areas in which we build – that doesn’t just mean more houses on the open market, but the delivery of properties for housing associations to alleviate pressure on local housing waiting lists.

“We have a good relationship with Selwood Housing, evident in our agreements across multiple sites to handover high-quality homes to them, and it a great vote of confidence in our standards that they came to Jubilee Gardens for examples of best practice.”

Paul Walsh, Group Development Director for Selwood Housing, added, “I’d like to thank the Jubilee Gardens site team for their time showing us around the site where we saw completed homes and homes under construction.

“It was interesting to see the homes being built to the new building regulation standards, the new features, and ever-better fabric that will help them achieve these new challenging standards.  

“Jubilee Gardens is an excellent development, and we are delighted to be Persimmon Homes partner on the first phase for 43 homes a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership – we have already taken 27 homes with 16 more to follow this year.

“We are also working on plans with Persimmon for the second phase as Jubilee Gardens is another development where we have been the affordable homes partner with Persimmon delivering hundreds of much needed local affordable homes.”