Armed Forces veterans are being encouraged to apply for one of the new council homes being built at the former commercial site on Swindon Road.
The scheme which will deliver 10 new homes; five 1 bed flats, three 2 bed flats and two 2 bed houses, is near completion and in a move, the first of its kind for Cheltenham, the new council owned homes will be offered first to veterans and their families.
From 7 December the first new homes will be advertised for rent online at www.homeseekerplus.co.uk
Interest in the properties has been really positive and Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH), the landlord managing the properties, is in contact with a number of potential tenants however they are still urging all forces veterans who think they might be eligible to apply.
Councillor Peter Jeffries, CBC’s Cabinet member for Housing, who served in the armed forces for three years, said: “I know only too well the difficulties facing services personnel entering back into civilian life, after such a disciplined and regimented lifestyle.
“This can be further complicated if they are recovering after being wounded or even living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so being able to offer accommodation where there are fellow ex-comrades gives a new dimension to peer support. This is proving to be a successful means of settling veterans back into life after serving their country.
“We’re honoured to be able to show that Cheltenham is supporting our veterans and I want to encourage any veteran who thinks they might be eligible to apply for one of these fantastic new homes and join our community.”
Based near the town centre with easy access to support networks, the new properties are being built to be adaptable, lifetime homes and have been designed to encourage a feeling of community.