LOCAL dignitaries and residents came together for the opening of the first part of a new retirement home in Salisbury.

Located on Wilton Road, Chapters has been designed by Platinum Skies for those aged 55 year old and over.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Walsh joined homeowners and guests to perform the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of Constable Court, which features 47 one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments.

When complete, Chapters will provide 197 properties for around 300 people, owners say.

Salisbury and Wiltshire councillor Derek Brown said: “We were impressed by the detail, quality and thought that has gone into the development, which is so welcome here in Salisbury. We look forward now to seeing the remaining phases come into being.”

The development is situated back from Wilton Road in the grounds of the historic Grade-II listed 19th century Finch House and former Old Manor Hospital site.

David Hines, chief executive at Platinum Skies said: “Alongside our partners Homes England, we are placing over £60 million into this development.

"This is a huge investment into the local economy and indicative of our confidence in Salisbury itself.”

He added: “We believe maintaining control and independence is important to everyone, regardless of age.

"Here at Chapters in this historic site in Salisbury, we’ve created an environment that feels less like retirement and more of a lifestyle choice.

"Our society faces huge pressures on how we house, care and fund the retired.”