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 Dover District Council's housing pages Housing Needs - Getting a Home webpage and Kent Home Choice website.
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 10% - 75% you can increase your share by a minimum of 1% per year in the future to increase your ownership of the property, if you can afford too. 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.
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.
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 links below will take you to the different stages of Council Housing currently being built in Dover District. To find out more about each develpment and what stage it is in sign up to Keep Me Posted for updates.
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
Opportunities for local businesses may arise during the development of affordable housing. For details of how to do business with Dover District Council, please click here
Doing Business with DDC (dover.gov.uk)