September 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the second edition of the Dorchester Area Community Land Trust newsletter. Find all the latest news about our development.
This newsletter includes updates on:
- Pre-application Meeting
- Archaeology Desk Study
- Future Projects
Have a lovely weekend!
The Dorchester Area Community Land Trust Team
Dorchester Area Community Land Trust 2018 AGM will be held at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester on Wednesday 29th August 2018 at 6pm.
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
Take a look at our first Newsletter to see what we have been up to.
Newsletter - April 2018
Since the Special General Meeting lots has been going on and we feel that we are making real progress with the project.
Board Directors Alistair and Barry wanted to give you an update about what has been keeping the Directors busy.
Reed Watts was chosen as the Dorchester Area Community Land Trust’s preferred architects for the Trust’s first project namely the provision of 20 affordable housing units for young Dorchester workers on the site of the tennis courts opposite the Borough Gardens at the bottom of West Walks. Reed Watts invited Directors of the DACLT to spend the day looking at the developments undertaken by the architects.
Matt Reed met us at Waterloo station and it was only a ten minute walk to the recently completed block of 30 “Pocket Living” flats in Sail Street. We were able to inspect one of the flats which, like all the others in the building, only occupies 38 square metres. The flat was more than spacious enough to contain a main living area and kitchen area, a bedroom with a double bed, a wet room with shower, toilet and hand basin, a built-in storage cupboard with connections for a washing machine and a small hallway. For more details of our visit please read Andy’s recent blog!
The “Pocket Living” model is a fine example of thoughtful design which could easily be incorporated into the Trust’s first project.
Thoughts on Construction
We then went on to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre where Reed Watts designed a new Rehearsal Studio and other facilities on a very challenging site. Construction is well under way and we were impressed to see how modern technology had allowed building of the base footprint to come within three feet of a mature tree without damage to either the tree or its root system. Trees are a very important feature of the tennis court site – they are also very important in Royal Parks !
Our design team will be meeting on Friday 19th January 2018 @ 11am. This meeting will give members of the Board the opportunity be to hear from our architects Reed Watts and engineers about how their ideas and designs are progressing. It will also give the Board a chance to discuss the various issues.
Please find the agenda for this meeting here.