DDC unveils £75 million boost for affordable housing

Friday, 30 January 2015
Dover District Council has unveiled plans for a potential £75 million investment in social and affordable housing in the district by 2028. The plans are outlined in the Council Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan, which also recommends a District Council Tax freeze for 2015/16 for the second successive year. The plans are due to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Monday (2 February 2015) and will be presented to Full Council on 4 March 2015.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: "We're exploring options for the delivery of up to 500 new affordable homes, including building new council houses and working with registered social landlords to unblock any obstacles to affordable housing on new developments.

"We're delivering our vision for a broader range and quality of housing stock across the district. With our Core Strategy and Land Allocations Plan both now adopted, and the robust financial position of our Housing Revenue Account, we can now pursue a more ambitious plan to build more affordable homes."

Dover District Council recently built three new council houses in Elvington, the first in the district in over 20 years. Other affordable housing developments completed or currently being worked on in the district include:

  • Phase 1A, Aylesham (53 units)
  • Phase 1A, Whitfield (26 units)
  • Cornfields, Cranleigh Drive, Whitfield (40 units)
  • Harold Street, Dover (40 units)
  • Castle Street, Dover (8 units)
  • King Street, Dover (3 units)
  • St Giles Road, Aycliffe (12 units)
  • Sholden Fields (69 units) & Church Lane (69 units), Sholden
  • Station Road, Walmer (69 units)
  • College Road, Deal (16 units)
  • Mill Road, Deal (8 units)
  • Sampson Court, Mongeham Road, Deal (81 units)

Commenting on the proposals to freeze Council Tax, Cllr Paul Watkins concluded: "Despite further cuts in central government funding, we're once again presenting a balanced budget and freezing Council Tax for residents. DDC continues to have one of the lowest Council Tax rates in Kent."

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