New Affordable Housing
Dover District Council would like to make sure that all new affordable housing is built to meet the needs of residents in the district. We support Registered Providers (also known as Housing Associations) to build affordable housing. The planning process asks developers to included affordable housing as part of their new developments. Recently we have started to build new affordable housing ourselves, with a range of new Council Housing. Over the coming years, we want to increase the number of new affordable homes we provide ourselves, and a building programme is underway.
If you are need in of housing now:
For more information on what to do if you are homeless or facing homelessness, or need help getting a home or changing your home, please see DDC’s housing pages.
What is Affordable Housing?
Affordable housing is for people whose housing needs are not met by open market housing. There are two main types of affordable housing, Affordable Rented Housing and Shared Ownership.
Affordable Rented Housing
Affordable Rented Housing is where you rent a property either from the Council or a Housing Association (sometimes known as a Registered Provider). Affordable rent is usually charged for new Council housing or through a Housing Association. The amount of rent charged is no more than 80 per cent of the local market rent. To be considered for a property you will need to be on the Council’s Housing Register. To register, please use the Kent Home Choice website. Further information about getting a home can be found on the Dover District Council Housing Needs - Getting a Home webpage.
Shared Ownership can be called, Part Rent Part Buy. It is meant for people who cannot afford to buy a property on the open market with an outright mortgage and it helps people to get onto or move up the housing ladder. This scheme allows you to buy a percentage share of the property, normally through a mortgage, whilst renting the rest of the shares from the Housing Association selling the property. You start by buying between 25% - 75% but can normally increase your share in the future to increase your ownership of the property, if you can afford to. The larger percentage you own, the less you pay in rent.
The Government made a range of Help to Buy products to help people who are interested in Shared Ownership options. Further information can be found on the Help To Buy South East website. Dover District Council’s website has helpful information about the Help to Buy Shared Ownership products, for further information please visit the Housing Needs Help to Buy webpage
Local Housing Needs
Housing Needs Surveys
Finding out the housing need in a village (Parish) is helpful when looking to develop any affordable housing. Rural areas can have hidden housing needs. People may want to remain in their village but cannot find an affordable home, and they may not register their housing need with the Council. A local Housing Needs Survey helps to see if there is a need for affordable housing in a village. A survey can be ordered by a Housing Association, Local Authority, Parish Council, community group, landowners or private developers. The survey is usually carried out by Rural Housing Enablers (an independent organisation), who help communities to provide housing that meets their needs. The survey will tell us what type of housing is needed in the community and what needs are not being met by the current housing stock.
What affordable housing does your community need?
Dover District Council is collecting information through a questionnaire titled, What affordable housing does your community need? We are asking Dover District residents about their thoughts on affordable housing within their local area. This information will help to work out, what type of housing residents would like to see developed. The questionnaire is different from the legal requirements of a Housing Needs Survey. The questionnaire will be used at a local level and it forms part of the Council's Resident Engagement plan, which asks residents to become involved in the development process.
Dover District Council would like residents who are interested in any of the development processes to become involved in their local project. Residents can be involved for the whole of the project or any part of it, for example, the survey, design, tenure or site visit stages. The resident engagement event includes a video, which talks about what the project wants to do to develop new affordable housing in the Dover district. It tells you how you can become involved and how you can work with others in your local community to form a resident working group and give feedback to the Council about elements of the development process.
Once you have watched the video, fill in the feedback survey. The link to the survey is beneath the video on this webpage. The feedback survey asks a few questions and asks you to register your interest in becoming involved in the development process.
New Affordable Housing Project Feedback Survey
As the project moves forward, any important information about events and the development process will be put on this webpage. If you would like to have regular updates about any of the sites mentioned on the New Affordable Housing webpages, please register your interest on the Keep Me Posted, DDC's e-news bulletin service.
Affordable Housing Schemes
The titles below give a link to the affordable housing schemes in the district. These are sorted under different titles depending on where they are in the development process. To find out more about individual schemes, please click on the links below.
To be considered for a property, you will need to register your interest on the Council's choice based letting system Kent Home Choice website. Further information about getting a home can be found on the Dover District Council Housing Needs Getting a Home webpage
Early Stage Schemes
Schemes currently being built