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Count on Opening Doors

Some figures from Opening Doors: £2million – funding gained from the Government for community land trusts £4m – cash injection in to the council’s new Homes Dorset housing company 15 – number of community land trusts in West Dorset, making it one of the most...

NEW HOMES ALERT: Weymouth and Portland

New homes have been released for sale at developments in Weymouth and Portland. A show home has opened at the Castle Court complex at Osprey Quay on Portland where flats and houses are available. The Zero C development, being marketed by estate agent Hull Gregson & Hull,...

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Our Journey so Far…why homes are so important

Opening Doors has been building solid foundations to tackle housing need in north, south and west Dorset. Our programme – part of the council’s Accelerating Homebuilding initiative – has the overall target of encouraging 20,000 more homes in the area by 2033....

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UPDATED: Affordable Housing Masterlist has new homes in Sherborne

New homes in Sherborne and Maiden Newton have been included on our newly updated Affordable Housing Masterlist. In Sherborne, a total of 24 one and two bedroom flats are available by developer Juno under the Help to Buy initiative. They are in a new development called Cedar...

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Do you live in the Burton Bradstock area?

People in the Burton Bradstock area have until the end of April to take part in a survey for a proposed community land trust. The housing needs study is open for people to answer online until April 30. Burton Bradstock Community Land Trust (CLT) will use the findings to investigate...

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Housing boost for West Dorset

The number of houses built in West Dorset increased by 17 per cent compared with the year before, according to latest figures for the area. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government statistics show that 480 properties were completed in 480 – the highest...

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UPDATED TODAY: Affordable Homes Masterlist

More properties have been added to our updated Affordable Homes Masterlist. They include new homes released in Charminster and Mosterton and a Help to Buy resale property  – a two-bedroom apartment – in Weymouth. Our Affordable Homes Masterlist draws together...

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Is new deposit free mortgage a good idea?

A new mortgage deal to hit the market could prove controversial as it requires no deposit whatsoever for first time buyers. Lloyds Bank has launched the Lend a Hand loans with sums of up to £500,000 on offer. It agrees to lend 100 per cent of the value of a property to first-time...

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Dawn of new era in Dorset

Congratulations to the new Dorset Council on its official launch today. It replaces the district and borough councils  in East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland plus Dorset County Council, all of which no longer exist. The new local authority...

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New homes boost for North Dorset

A scheme for up to 61 homes at Marnhull has been approved by North Dorset District Council’s planning committee. The outline application for a site north of Burton Street includes public open space, roads, pedestrian access and 40 per cent affordable housing – equating...