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Affordable Housing Boost at Whitfield


As part of its ongoing commitment to develop a range of affordable housing options, Dover District Council’s Cabinet has agreed plans for a major project to build 26 new council homes at Napchester Road in Whitfield. 

The land needed for the new homes, which will be available for rent, forms part of a Section 106 planning agreement commitment for phase 1A of the Whitfield development. Under this agreement, the land-owner is set to transfer the affordable housing land to the Council for a nominal fee. The new homes will be developed and owned by the Council. 

Planning permission for the housing, an access road and associated enabling drainage works has been granted.  Work is underway to progress the highways designs, the appointment of a main contractor, and the transfer of the land. 

The new homes are to include: 

  • Two four-bedroom houses
  • Ten three-bedroom houses
  • Four two-bedroom houses
  • Eight two-bedroom flats
  • Two one-bedroom flats.      

The two one-bedroom flats will be adapted for wheelchair users. The design team is taking a sustainable approach to construction and the development will exceed Building Regulations requirements for the conservation of fuel and power. The building contractor will also be required to consider the use of green technologies, such as solar panels to light communal areas. 

DDC is also currently seeking views on the proposed route of Dover Fastrack, a new express bus service linking new housing developments such as this one at Whitfield, and Connaught Barracks, with Dover town centre and Dover Priory railway station. 

Cllr Derek Murphy, DDC Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with this project to build 26 new council homes, as we continue to invest in new affordable housing in the district.”

Posted on 21 July 2020


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