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Valley Cottages shaping up

Applications have opened for a new development of affordable homes at Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester. Stonewater Homes is building 13 properties in the village with a mix of shared ownership and affordable rented properties – including much sought after one-bedroom...

Lorton Park

What has new development ever done for us?

Little Tommy Mee was the first new arrival at Lorton Park in Weymouth…almost quite literally. He was the first baby to be born to a family at the development, arriving just a week after mum Sadie McAuley, dad Ed and big sister Emily moved into their home Tommy – now 18 months...

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Families breathe fresh life into village

Trailblazing affordable housing developments in Dorset have been hailed for breathing new life into rural communities. The west of the county is leading the way nationally for the number of community land trusts (CLTs) providing affordable homes for local people. They have...

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Homing in on affordable housing in Mosterton

Much-needed affordable homes are taking shape on a new development for local people at Mosterton. Opening Doors was given a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to see progress at The Bushels, courtesy of leading affordable housing provider Stonewater. The 36-home development on the edge...

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Boxing club is fighting fit in new home

Dorchester Amateur Boxing Club is going from strength to strength as it celebrates its first anniversary in its new gym this month, April 2019. It was founded in 2003 but used different places to train before finding a permanent home at the Weymouth Avenue Pavilion courtesy...

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House price figures explained

Sometimes the housing market seems designed to confuse, especially when it comes to house price indices. There seems to be countless different figures from the likes of the Halifax, Nationwide, Rightmove, the Land Registry, National Housing Federation, the Office for National...

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Home Truths – Dorset report

We’ve drawn up a special Opening Doors ‘Home Truths’ report with the National Housing Federation showing the latest analysis of the property market. It shows the average house price in Dorset at £326,384 and the annual (mean) house price at £25,657. That...

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Study gives fresh hope for families

An innovative type of affordable housing scheme with homes in Dorset is giving families fresh hope of owning their own home, according to a new report. Rentplus has carried out a study of its tenants in properties across the south west, including those in Sherborne. The organisation...

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Shared vision for new homes in Bridport

A plot of land on the outskirts of Bridport may not look like much at the moment, but in a few years’ time it will be home to a thriving community with a difference. The site, to the west of Bridport Hospital in North Allington, is set to become west Dorset’s first ‘cohousing’...

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Shared ownership – top ten myths

You never actually own the property. You’ll never get a mortgage. You can’t sell a shared ownership property… There’s still plenty of confusion and misinformation surrounding shared ownership despite its increasing popularity among buyers. We’ve drawn up a guide...