We will work with registered housing providers, community land trusts and local housing partners to deliver affordable, suitable and decent housing.


What we will do:

  • maximise the use of council assets to develop affordable and sustainable housing, including the creation of more social rented housing
  • bring long term empty properties back into use
  • support people to access the right accommodation
  • raise standards of privately rented homes, using appropriate legislation
  • promote energy efficiency and green initiatives within the housing sector
  • implement a new single Dorset Council housing register
  • adopt a new Dorset Council Local Plan by 2024

How we will do it:

  • deliver the Building Better Lives programme that will provide quality housing and care for local people
  • provide homes by 2024 in line with land supply target
  • develop a business plan for our emerging housing company Homes Dorset
  • increase the number of new homes of all tenures e.g. shared ownership, starter homes, key worker housing, social rented housing
  • reduce homelessness
  • maximise the amount of affordable housing on new developments in line with the Local Plan
  • increase the number of households receiving assistance with energy efficiency from Healthy Homes Dorset

Who we will work with:

  • registered housing providers
  • town and parish councils
  • voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
  • private landlords
  • house builders
  • NHS partners
  • Homes England
  • Dorset Police
  • Armed Forces
  • Community Land Trusts

Suitable housingSuitable housing

Properties in Dorset

2017 – 176,000

We will see an increase around 7,000 properties in the next 6 years.

Population change 2019 - 2029

  • 65+ year olds – 20% increase
  • Working age population – 3% decrease

Housing supply needs to reflect this.

Area demand

Greatest demand for social renting housing is in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

Bedroom demand

  • 1 bed – 57%
  • 2 bed – 25%
  • 3 bed – 14%
  • 4 bed – 4%

More than half of the demand for social rented housing is for one-bedroom homes.

Average property prices

  • Dorset – 10 times more than the average earnings
  • England – 8 times more than the average earnings

This makes it very hard for first time buyers to join the property market.

Property types

  • house - £398,000 average price
  • flat - £162,000 average price

Detached houses are the most common type of property in Dorset.

Rough sleepers

Between 2010 – 2017:

  • Dorset saw a 150% increase
  • England saw a 169% increase

Homeless households

There are 265 homeless households in Dorset.

Data underlying the infographics is provided by the Research Team. For more information contact research@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. Dorset refers to the new Dorset Council Area that came into effect 1 April 2019, unless otherwise indicated.

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