Affordable homes boost for Blandford
North Dorset District Council’s planning committee has given the green light for 40 affordable homes in Blandford.
Councillors approved an outline application from the Aster Group for properties on the site at Nordon.
It includes demolition of former North Dorset District Council (NDDC) offices, access and landscaping.
NDDC and the Aster Group have joined forces for the scheme, with the site being passed across for development as affordable housing.
Amanda Williams, group development director at Aster Group, said: “We are delighted to have gained approval on the planning application to deliver more affordable housing for people in Dorset.
“The approval on this application will see us provide much needed homes for both affordable rent and shared ownership in Blandford.
“We have a vision that everyone has a home, but we know that finding affordable housing is still an issue for people of all ages and circumstances.
“We’re pleased to be offering some more options for people in and look forward to seeing these homes coming to fruition.”
The sites lie within the settlement boundaries of one of the largest towns in North Dorset, which is among those to have been selected to accommodate future growth through the policies of the adopted North Dorset Local Plan.
Cllr David Walsh, NDDC cabinet member for planning, said: “I am pleased to see consent granted for our former offices in Blandford. It will help breathe new life this important site and deliver much needed affordable housing for the town.
“Consents for the other applications at the committee are also very welcome and I look forward to seeing work begin.”
Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, NDDC leader and housing portfolio holder, said: “We are pleased to make our former offices available for Aster to deliver a wholly affordable scheme.
“It is an excellent example of the council working closely with a partner to help meet housing need in the area as part of our Opening Doors programme.”
Members of the planning committee also agreed outline planning applications for separate schemes by different applicants of up to 75 homes at Fair Mile in Bryanston and 27 properties in Okeford Fitzpaine.
They include up to 22 affordable homes in Bryanston and up to 11 in Okeford Fitzpaine.
NDDC’s Opening Doors programme aims to encourage the construction of more good quality housing in the area.
It includes a Home Ownership Register for people seeking to buy or rent a home and an affordable housing masterlist of properties available.