Dorset is one of the most beautiful and sought after places to live but it is facing major housing issues with increased demand for homes outstripping supply.
Some aspiring homeowners do not earn enough to afford the price of property in the area while some prospective tenants cannot afford or find suitable accommodation to rent either.
While people from different walks of life are struggling to find suitable properties, some young people are moving away and employers are finding it hard to attract new talent to the area.
In North Dorset, West Dorset, and Weymouth & Portland we need to see more homes built every year to sustain our population, help our communities thrive and ensure that we have the skilled workforce to ensure our economy grows.
Our councils no longer build houses, own housing stock or act as developers but there are steps we can take to enable and encourage greater construction of housing by the market and communities.
With our Opening Doors programme, we are taking a much more pro-active role. We are working more closely with communities, developers, Government, housing associations, builders and partners to do all we can to help them to build the houses which we need.
Ultimately, we want to see 20,000 high-quality homes of a mix of tenures – not just affordable but open market too – built between the years 2016 to 2033.