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Have your say on new Dorchester homes!

Dorchester residents are being given the chance to have their say over the proposal to build homes on some of the recreation sites and play areas around the town.

Dorchester Town Council is working with Magna Housing to look at the options for building affordable housing for rent and shared ownership for local residents and they are keen to hear your views about what’s important to you in your local community.

Mayor of Dorchester and member of the town council, Susie Hosford, said: “For some time we have been concerned that the town’s young workers are finding it impossible to find affordable, good quality accommodation in the town, both to buy and to rent.

“This initiative allows us to explore whether it is possible to use some of the land we own in the town to make more affordable homes available to young people, and to demonstrate to other landowners that taking such an approach will have serious benefits for our town.

There are five sites under consideration: Elizabeth Gardens, Poundbury Crescent, Fortress Green, Mellstock Avenue and Sandringham Annex.

David Aldwinckle, property director for Magna Housing, said: “We really do want to hear everyone’s views on how we should use the land available.

“We will have maps of the sites in question so people can talk to us in detail about any concerns they have.

“The homes we hope to build will be more affordable than much of the accommodation in Dorchester. 

“We will also have staff on hand to talk about shared ownership in case anyone is interested in buying one of these homes.”

The event has the support of Opening Doors, a partnership which covers West Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.  Opening Doors aims to encourage the construction of a total of 20,000 more homes in the councils’ areas by 2033.

Cllr Tim Yarker, housing briefholder at West Dorset District Council, said: “More good quality housing for younger, local people and key workers is one of the main aims of our recently launched Opening Doors campaign.

“The construction of housing all tenures, including affordable homes, in the right places and in consultation with local residents means more places to live for those who contribute to our local economy and community. We would encourage everyone to have their say about these new proposals.”

The drop in consultation is being held in the Corn Exchange (upstairs in the Town Hall) from 2pm till 8pm on Wednesday 21 February.  A further event is being held at Magna’s Oak House offices on Friday 23 February from 10am till 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along and have their say.

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