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Affordable housing boost for North Dorset

Up to 46 new affordable homes have been approved following the Dorset Council Northern Planning Committee meeting on 19 November.

A development including 18 affordable homes in Okeford Fitzpaine and a development including 28 affordable homes in Sturminster Newton, are set to go ahead bringing much needed affordable housing to the county.

A development of 45 new houses, 18 of which provide affordable housing options are to be built on disused poultry farm in close proximity to the village of Okeford Fitzpaine, helping to meet the five year housing supply detailed in the Dorset Local Plan.

One of four main towns in Dorset identified for growth in the core spatial strategy policy, Sturminster Newton is considered a sustainable location for new development and supports Dorset Council in meeting the affordable provision across North Dorset. The development of 114 homes will provide 28 affordable homes to the town, with a tenure split of 70/30 affordable rent/shared ownership and will offer a mix of one bed flats and two to five bed houses.

Hannah Smith, Dorset Council Area Manager, Planning and Community Services, said: “The resolution to grant planning permission set out in the planning applications not only means we can secure 46 affordable homes to North Dorset, but supports Dorset Council in meeting the housing requirements set out in the local plan.”

“Developments such as these will greatly benefit those who are unable to get onto the housing ladder especially young families in rural areas, whilst also benefiting those already living in the community through use of local amenities”.