New affordable homes are to be built in Porton and will be completed in the autumn.

Wiltshire Council has agreed a partnership with developer Cavendish and Gloucester Properties to build six new affordable council houses at the Chalk House development.

The council says the affordable homes, which will be ready in the late autumn, represent a significant investment, which will be funded from the rents charged on the new homes and income to be received through the shared ownership sales.

Councillor Richard Clewer, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for housing, said: “We’re delighted our offer to purchase these six homes has been accepted. We are confident they will be finished to a high standard and ready for people to move in later this year.

“We’re committed to building or acquiring 1,000 affordable homes throughout Wiltshire over the next 10 years, and this development will go towards meeting some of this target in the south of the county.

“We look forward to the properties being available on Homes4Wiltshire, and for Wiltshire residents to make their homes on this attractive development.”

The development will consist of two two-bedroom shared ownership houses, which will be available for purchase, with the remaining properties – three two-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom property – offered as affordable rents.

The properties will be advertised via Homes4Wiltshire around six weeks prior to their completion.