Making Home Ownership a Reality

New homes are essential for the future growth, prosperity and vitality of our communities.

Like many other areas, we are facing major housing shortages with rising demand for homes outstripping supply.

Our councils have joined forces for the Opening Doors programme to help meet this need through a range of different measures to stimulate housebuilding.

We are encouraging housebuilders of all sizes, developers, housing associations, community land trusts and others to build more quality homes of all types – including rent, open market and affordable properties.

The aim is to bring more homes within reach of more people and more quickly. Our overall target is to see a total of 20,000 new homes built by developers, housebuilders and others in our three council areas by 2033, with construction encouraged in the right locations to balance the need for homes with respect for our special environment.

We want to hear from anyone who can help. You can also Sign up to our Home Ownership Register and newsletter to be the first to hear about the latest developments – and find out more about initiatives under the Opening Doors programme on this website.


Find out how sizeable financial contributions from developers and housebuilders keep our communities fighting fit with support for vital infrastructure and local groups.

In the second of our series of case studies, Dorchester Amateur Boxing Club tells Opening Doors how the funding has helped them find a new home.

Sign our Home Ownership Register to receive special newsletters with all of the latest news about housing developments and the latest properties available for rent and purchase in north, south and west Dorset.
By signing, you’ll also help us gain a better idea of exactly what type of properties are needed locally and where.