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Rural shared ownership home a dream come true for Sutton Benger couple

Rural shared ownership home a dream come true for Sutton Benger couple

Finding and buying your dream home can be an almost impossible task these days, especially if you live in a rural area where new housing is notoriously scarce. But that's not the case for Emily and Bradley Gallett, who've recently purchased a shared ownership property at a new housing development in Whites Way, Sutton Benger.

The pair, who are both in their thirties, have bought a 50 per cent share in a three-bedroom house in the Wiltshire village from developer Aster Homes. They moved into their new home in June after spending the past seven years in a rented property in nearby Little Somerford.

Emily explains: "Our landlady was quite elderly and was looking to sell the bungalow we'd been living in. At the same time, my grandparents kindly gave us some money for a deposit so we could look for something to buy.

"Brad drove through Sutton Benger every day on his way to work, so he'd noticed the new houses in Whites Way being built. We checked them out on the internet and sent an enquiry to Aster Homes to see if we could go and view one of them.

To be eligible for a shared ownership property at Whites Way, Emily and Bradley needed to be registered and then financially assessed and approved by Help to Buy South. This would then help determine the share of their home they would be able to buy.

They also needed to meet a number of additional criteria, including having a household income of less than £60,000 per year, being able to afford repayments, and having a local connection.

Emily said: "It all happened very quickly after that - after viewing the property, Aster Homes told us it was ours if we'd like it. We went away, talked about it that evening and decided to go for it."

At Whites Way, Aster Homes has delivered 19 new homes, a combination of one and two-bedroom flats and two, three and four-bedroom houses. Four of the properties, including Emily and Bradley's home, are for shared ownership, with the remainder for affordable rent.

Emily said: "It's a lovely village and the whole estate has a really great community feel. It's a great location and the homes look so stylish, all being finished in Cotswold stone.

"We also love the fact we've got solar panels, which helps us to save money on our energy bills and makes our home more eco-friendly."

Amy Nettleton, Aster Homes head of sales, said: "It's vital that we highlight just how important it is that new housing is built in rural villages like Sutton Benger. House prices in many Wiltshire villages have sadly often been too high in recent times for lots of local people to even consider getting onto the property ladder.

"But, shared ownership is a great way for people like Emily and Bradley to purchase a share in their own home. We're really pleased to hear they're settling in well and wish them every happiness."

Aster Homes is set to release a new phase of homes at Sutton Benger, including two homes for shared ownership, at the end of the year. For more information about these homes, and other shared ownership or open market sale properties available from Aster Homes, telephone 01380 735480 or visit the website: www.asterhomes.co.uk.