Why does Dorchester need affordable housing?

Dorchester is a fantastic place to live but it is becoming more difficulty for young people to afford to buy their own home.

Why is this and what can we do about it?

THE HOUSE PRICE v. AVERAGE EARNINGS GAP

  • Lowest available open market properties start at £150k, rapidly rising through £180k and beyond
  • Only 1% of properties in Dorchester (c. 100 properties) are shared ownership – everything else is open market or rented
  • Average Public Sector pay is £25k (DCC, WDDC, DCH, Schools), Private Sector probably lower
  • Typical mortgage multipliers + deposit require properties priced @ £90-£120k to be affordable
  • Consequently, under normal circumstances, young First Time Buyers find it very difficult to get onto the housing ladder in Dorchester

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DACLT Goes to London

Director’s of the DACLT were invited by the Architects ReedWatts to visit the ‘Pocket Living’ flats in Sail Street, London. This was an opportunity for the Directors to get a feel for the type of accommodation that it would be possible to provide in Dorchester.

Andy wrote about the visit and provides a description of the flats along with some important questions that the Board must now consider!

DACLT Visit to “Pocket Flats” in Sail Street, Waterloo

We visited the development at 8 Sail Street SE1, where there are 30 new one-bedroom flats over five floors, with lift and small roof garden. Each deck has a small communal cycle store area. Letter boxes are at ground floor level inside the main front door.

The ground floor at street level is also used for flats with doors direct to the pavement though set back from it by about a metre or so with occasional vertical posts to delineate the edge of the development.

The flats are all similar and 38 m2 in size.

The front door is off a common walkway which runs along the west side of the building. This provides partial screening from the road and railway. The walkway is only accessed through two secure doors with key fobs. The communal areas are cleaned and maintained by the management company ~ presumably at some charge to the residents.

The Flat

Inside, the flat all is painted white, ceilings are high and doors are large – wheel chair accessible?

Each flat has three windows – one small in the kitchen at high level onto the walkway, (presumably for ventilation), one large multiple-way opening window in the bedroom and one very large window with Juliet balcony in the east-facing living area. There is a good deal of light.

The bedroom is comfortably big enough for a double bed and a small amount of furniture. The three photos start with looking back towards the front door – the bathroom is effectively behind the hanging space and living area to the right.  The other pictures show the bed, desk and window.

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Who we are

Welcome to the Dorchester Area Community Land Trust (DACLT) website. We are a not-for-profit organisation and we are currently working on a project which will provide affordable housing for young people in Dorchester.

We have had enough of seeing young people priced out of the communities they grew up in, scrimping together enough for a huge deposit while paying sky-high rents. DACLT will provide more options for young people when it comes to home ownership and these properties will remain affordable because this development is firmly in the hands of the community.

Take a look around our website to find out more about our housing project and our plans for Dorchester and the community.

We are always welcoming new members. If you would like to become a member of Dorchester’s first CLT please email membership@daclt.org.uk

Coming Soon…

Welcome to the Dorchester Area Community Land Trust (DACLT) website. We are a not-for-profit organisation.  A new project is coming soon to Dorchester and will provide affordable housing for young people.

We are working very hard to get this project off the ground and more information and exciting news is coming soon! Please visit us again in the near future.

This site is under construction.

For more information about Community Land Trusts please visit the dorsetforyou webpages here

New content is coming soon, watch this space.