The first seven homes which will form part of a new major housing development in Malmesbury have been completed.

The development, located at Backbridge Farm in Malmesbury, will eventually comprise 201 houses along with a village green, play areas and attenuation ponds.

In an official handing-over ceremony in March 2023, Persimmon Homes Wessex gave the keys to housing association Selwood Housing.

“We are delighted to have transferred the latest tranche of these houses, and we hope this significant community contribution will help alleviate pressure on the local housing list,” said Julian Roper, regional managing director for Persimmon Homes.

“We're really pleased to partner with Selwood Housing to deliver this increase in provision for the people of Malmesbury as we continue to make progress on this beautiful site delivering quality homes for local people."

Councillor Gavin Grant, the mayor of Malmesbury, added: "It's good to see the Backbridge Farm housing development coming along at a pace, particularly following the opening of the new footbridge, which significantly enhances the development's integration with the town."

Selwood Housing has confirmed the new homes will include both 'affordable' rent and shared ownership properties.