A plot of land in Penhill which used to be home to the United Reformed Church has been transformed into a new community consisting of 12 new homes.

The existing house on the site, named The Manse, has also been completely refurbished as a three-bedroom family home.

The new builds include six two-bedroom houses and six one-bedroom flats.

The new homes mark a big step towards the Council executing one of its top priorities: improving infrastructure and housing to support a growing low-carbon economy.

Built with funds from the Council’s Housing Revenue Account and a £455,000 contribution from Homes England, the houses took less than a year to build and were handed over to tenants this month.

Councillor Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety, said: “It’s great to see these attractive new houses built on this site.

“They are a perfect example of how the Council makes good use of available land to develop schemes that will bring benefits to the local community.”

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