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TWENTY-seven new homes have been made available for 90 local people in the Salisbury area.
Chatham Close has a mixture of bungalows houses and flats that were opened by Cllr John Thomson, Deputy Leader for Wiltshire Council and Christine Turner from Spectrum Housing Group (SHG).
“Owning your own home is still out of reach for many and here in Salisbury you need to earn 11 times the average salary to be able to afford an averagely priced home,” said Cllr Thomson. “It is a great pleasure to work with Spectrum and I hope that we can continue to do so in the future.
The land used in this project was given to Spectrum on the basis that affordable housing would be built to cope with local needs. A social club and scout hut were also part of the scheme to help build a new community in the area.
The scheme cost about £3.5million, with over £1million being invested by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), £250,000 from Wiltshire County Council with the rest of the money from Spectrum and through sales receipts from the shared ownership units.