We're developing 24 new homes on the outskirts on Bath on the site of the former Ensleigh Ministry of Defence site, in partnership with Bloor Homes and Linden Homes.

The homes are a mixture of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom houses and include six which will be available to buy through shared ownership.

Nineteen of the homes have been completed to date, with the remaining homes due to be ready in 2018.

Location: Bath

Total number of properties: 24

Number of shared ownership properties: 6

Start on site: 2016

Completion: In phases between 2016 - 19

Project cost: £4m

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The Royal Crescent in Bath

We've secured a deal with two national housebuilders to develop our first homes in the historic city of Bath.

We've signed a £4m deal with Bloor Homes and Linden Homes for 24 affordable homes being built on the former Ministry of Defence site at Ensleigh on the outskirts of the city.

Merlin’s Head of Development Amanda Swann said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bloor Homes and Linden Homes to develop our first new homes in Bath. We already have properties in the city, but these are the first new homes that we’ll be building.

“With average rents in Bath nearly at £1,000 a month, there’s a huge demand for genuinely affordable housing. This will be a great opportunity of local people to get a place of their own at an affordable price. Most of the homes we’re building in Bath will be available for social rent, but we’ll also be offering six properties for shared ownership. We’ll have details about these on our website soon.

“These new homes are part of our commitment to investing in new homes across the area. Over the next 12 months, we’re planning to start work on 350 new affordable homes.”

Last year the National Housing Federation’s Home Truths report revealed that the average house price in Bath and North East Somerset is almost 13 times the average wage being earned by local people.