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Dorset Council Cabinet agree to enter into a contract that will support an affordable housing development in Bridport

Dorset Council Cabinet agrees to enter into a contract with Homes England that will see an extra £808,855 go towards building 53 new affordable homes in Bridport.

The development of one of the largest community-led housing schemes in the country took another step forward following the agreement by Dorset Council cabinet to enter into a contract with Homes England following a grant of £808,555. The development of 53 new affordable homes in Bridport at a seven-acre site located in North Allington next to the Community Hospital, will offer a mix of one-bedroom flats and two to four-bedroom houses and will available for a range of incomes. It is proposed the scheme will offer homes for social rent and shared ownership between 25% and 75% of the open market value.

Due to be named ‘Hazlemead’, this exciting new development will promote a sense of community, providing a large green space for food growing or leisure activities, shared resources such as a children’s playroom, office space and laundry facilities. Free parking around the perimeter of the development will also be made available to residents. This means main streets will remain car free, providing an open space for children to play in.

Bridport Cohousing CLT and Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) will be developing the homes, that will be built by CG Fry with work to begin early next year.

Rebecca Kirk, Dorset Council Corporate Director for Housing said: “We’re really pleased that the Cabinet have agreed the contract to help with the infrastructure for this development. The Bridport Cohousing group have worked very hard to see this development become a reality and are to be commended for their fundraising efforts and determination.

“We have a big emphasis at Dorset Council to help support and provide community led housing that brings families and individuals together, and do so in a way that limits the environmental impact. This includes homes that will have solar panels on the roof and communal car sharing schemes, green energy systems and a market garden.”

For more information email info@bridportcohousing.org.uk

Notes:
Recommendation for the Cabinet: Dorset Council enter into a contract with Homes England for the grant of £808,555 to support the Bridport Cohousing development on terms to be approved by the Monitoring Officer and s.151 officer in consultation with the Housing Portfolio Holder.

A grant of £808,855 has been awarded to Dorset Council from Homes England to help with the infrastructure (drainage etc.) of this project. Dorset Council was awarded a government grant in 2017 to enable Community Led Housing, £175,000 has been spent from the Community Led Housing fund to support the acquisition of this site.

This funding is in addition to a £2.7 million of grant from Homes England which is being paid directly to BCHA and Bridport Cohousing.