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Housing Enabling – 2020 round up

2020 has been a year like no other, but despite the Covid crisis, work to deliver homes for local people in Dorset has continued. Here’s a quick snapshot of the work that’s being going on this year to deliver affordable places to live in the Dorset Council area:

53 eco-houses at Hazelmead, Bridport

After nearly twelve years of preparation and planning, Bridport Co-housing CLT are on their way to the construction of 53 affordable eco-houses, which will make up the neighbourhood called ‘Hazelmead’.  In partnership with BCHA, the project will provide homes for social rent with some shared ownership properties and is scheduled for completion in early summer 2022.

15 affordable homes at Drimpton

Following a long planning application process and tireless perseverance and dedication, Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT are finally anticipating the start of building on their development of 15 affordable homes at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton, in the spring of 2021.  The homes will be built to high environmental standards, making them cheaper for residents to run, and reducing their carbon footprint.  Designed to blend into the landscape, it will be aesthetically attractive, set to provide a green oasis with native trees and shrubs.

50 homes at Barnaby Mead, Gillingham

Development at Barnaby Mead, Gillingham has been permitted and, subject to conditions, will see the construction of 50 dwellings, including the provision of 25 per cent affordable housing.  The scheme will assist in meeting an acknowledged local need and in addition, will provide investment and jobs during the construction process to benefit the local and national economy.

Sixpenny Handley –  planning application coming soon

Sixpenny Handley CLT continues to drive its project forward to deliver affordable homes for local people with support from the architect, White Horse Housing, Wessex Community Assets, Dorset Council, other professional partners. The submission of a planning application for 11 affordable homes is imminent!

Nine new affordable homes at Worth Matravers

At a rural exception site in Worth Matravers, East Boro Housing Trust have provided a development of nine new affordable homes which were completed in March this year. Five are affordable rented and four are low cost home ownership units. All properties were let or sold to local people with preference given to households with a strong local connection to the parish of Worth Matravers.  The low cost home ownership properties were sold to local people at 75% of market value. Sold with a covenant which guarantees that resales will be to local people at 75% of the then current value.

Four temporary accommodation units at Red Oak Court Wareham


The units at Red Oak Court are located at Wareham’s former middle school site.

Through its Building Better Lives programme, Dorset Council has provided relocatable modular units for vulnerable people at Red Oak Court, Wareham.  Dorset Council’s Housing Enabling team worked with the Building Better Lives team to secure four of the units for temporary accommodation for the homeless, two of which have been adapted for people with disabilities.

40 affordable homes at Louviers Road Weymouth

The construction of 114 new homes on a site south of Louviers Road, Weymouth has gained support from Weymouth Town Council with the scheme providing 40 affordable homes.  Sage Housing, a Registered Provider of affordable housing working in partnership with local authorities across England, are set to take on the affordable properties for rent and shared ownership from the developer Persimmon.