Published: 06:05, 01 September 2021
A total 29 apartments are now available for shared ownership.
Dover District Council has taken over the properties in Harold Street, Dover, in a project with Homes England.
The development includes 22 two-bedroomed and seven one-bedroomed apartments, already fully fitted with kitchens, bathrooms, and carpets.
Shared ownership offers a part-rent/part-buy option for those who are unable to afford a property on the open market with an outright mortgage.
This is part of a £12.5 million mixed tenure development on Harold Street,which also includes Bomford Place.
This has already provided 24 new apartments on a three-storey block for social rent by local people on the council’s waiting list. On top of this 12 town houses were put up for private sale.
The two developments add up to 65 homes.
Nadeem Aziz, council chief executive, said: “Whether it be for social rent, or helping people take their first steps onto the housing ladder with shared ownership, we’re developing a range of affordable options to help local people.
“We’re also committed to building back better with quality homes that meet today’s expectations for sustainability and energy efficiency."
The homes have a fabric first design and build style to boost energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Double-aspect windows make the most of natural light, along with high levels of insulation and natural ventilation to minimise the energy needed for heating and lighting.
All 65 homes were designed by Avanti Architects and the main builders were Jenner Contractors of Folkestone.
DDC aims to build up to 500 new affordable homes in the district with over 350 new builds already in the pipeline or completed.
Bomford Place, announced in June, is named after Lorna Bomford (1883-1962), a prominent Dover suffragette.
She volunteered with the Food Rationing Office during both World Wars, and in January 1919 became Dover’s first woman town councillor.
She also served as a Justice of the Peace from 1927 to 1945.
Lorna Bomford was a survivor of the 1917 Crabble tram disaster, which killed 11 people when a tram went out of control and hit a bridge.