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. You can find out more about this by reading the Dover District Local Plan.
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)
What is Affordable Housing?
Affordable housing includes social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. There are two main types of affordable housing, affordable rental properties and affordable home ownership. An affordable property can be a new-build property or a private sector property that has been purchased for use as an affordable home, and can range from flats, house and bungalows.
The provision of affordable housing is a key element of the Government’s plan to end the housing crisis, tackle homelessness and provide aspiring homeowners with a step onto the housing ladder.
Rural housing and local housing needs
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.
Find out more about affordable rental properties, tenure types and registered provider details.
Find out more about affordable home ownership, such as shared ownership, and other government schemes, as well as active developers in the district.
Find out what schemes are currently being developed in the district, and how you can register your interest.
Find out more about how you can get involved.