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
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.
Greatest demand for social renting housing is in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.
- 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.
- house - £398,000 average price
- flat - £162,000 average price
Detached houses are the most common type of property in Dorset.
Between 2010 – 2017:
- Dorset saw a 150% increase
- England saw a 169% increase
There are 265 homeless households in Dorset.
Data underlying the infographics is provided by the Research Team. For more information contact email@example.com. Dorset refers to the new Dorset Council Area that came into effect 1 April 2019, unless otherwise indicated.