Dover District Council (DDC) has broken ground on three development sites that will together provide 50 new affordable homes. All of the homes will be available for rent by local people on the Council’s waiting list.
The developments at Napchester Road in Whitfield (26 homes); Kimberley Close in Dover (16 homes); and, Stockdale Gardens in Deal (8 homes) are the latest phase in the biggest programme of new council housing built in the district in a generation.
DDC plans to build up to 500 new affordable homes.
Both the Kimberley Close and Stockdale Gardens developments are brownfield sites formerly occupied by Council garages. They are for social rent and will provide interim accommodation for people who find themselves homeless before they move into permanent homes.
The Napchester Road site is being developed by the Council as part of the Whitfield Urban Expansion. It will provide a mix of one and two-bedroom flats along with two, three, and four- bedroom houses for affordable rent. A single five-bedroom house is also being built.
Cllr Derek Murphy, DDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re delighted to start work on the next phase of our affordable housing development programme, delivering new homes for local people.
“We’re also building back better with homes which are more sustainable, designed to contribute to the Council’s net zero carbon target.”
All three developments are being built by Folkestone-based, Jenner Group.
Martin Sandall, Managing Director of Jenner Group, said: “Jenner are incredibly proud to be delivering the next tranche of housing on behalf of Dover District Council across the three sites, to ensure more high-quality affordable new homes are available for the local community. Working with such a proactive client, wholly focused on collaborative working and committed to their people is refreshing and rewarding and we look forward to the next stage of our journey with them in bringing the new homes to life.”
DDC has also submitted plans for a further 24 new homes at Poulton Close in Dover.
A spokesperson for Dover Town Council said –
“We warmly welcome this important step in increasing the availability of good quality social housing to the most disadvantaged households”