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Selwood Housing reveals the design for Margaret Stancomb school building

Selwood Housing is delighted to reveal the architects' design for the transformation of the Margaret Stancomb school building.

Work is currently well underway to convert the disused Victorian building into three houses for shared ownership.

The lucky owners of these homes will benefit from a whole host of original features such as exposed beams, large windows and restored stonework alongside the convenience of contemporary kitchens, modern bathrooms and double glazing.

The vision for the final design was developed in conjunction with Quattro design architects of Gloucester, who specialise in sustainable buildings.

Paul Walsh, Selwood Housing Group development director said, "We're very excited about this development. Not only will it provide much needed affordable housing right in the centre of Trowbridge, it will restore to its former glory a building that had been derelict for over a decade."

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Who is Selwood Housing?

Selwood Housing is a not-for-profit housing association with over 6,400 homes for rent at affordable prices in Wiltshire, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. We also offer shared ownership, and other schemes to provide a wide variety of homes for people living in our communities. Any surpluses we make are invested back into our communities and this includes building more affordable homes locally.

Why are you planning to use this site to build new homes?

There is a housing crisis and a shortage of affordable homes in the UK. In the Trowbridge Community area there are currently 346 households in need of a range of affordable rented homes, from one bedroom upwards.

There are also 155 households registered for shared ownership.

The Margaret Stancomb site development is part of our plan to provide more affordable homes within Wiltshire, Mendip and BANES.

What is shared ownership?

Shared ownership is a great way of buying your own home, without having to find a huge deposit up front. With shared ownership you can buy a share of a home and pay a low rent on the rest. This gives you a great alternative to renting, if you can't afford to buy a home outright.

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How can I apply for shared ownership?

You can register your details with us but you must also register with Help to Buy South

How much will the shared ownership houses cost?

They will be competitively priced and based on market values. Buyers can purchase a 40% share and pay a low rent on the rest. Prices for this development will be released close to when the homes are available.

What are your plans for the old school building?

We plan to keep the original school building and convert it into three shared ownership homes.