Housing figures spark home ownership call

Housing enabling team leader Paul Derrien at a Magna and Dorchester Town Council consultation event

Househunters are being asked to help bring more new home developments to Dorset after the county’s average property price in Dorset hit £311,426.

They are being urged to sign up to the Opening Doors housing campaign’s Home Ownership Register to give councils crucial information about the types of housing needed.

West Dorset District CouncilWeymouth & Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council have joined forces for Opening Doors to encourage greater housebuilding with a target of 20,000 more homes by 2033.

The call for more people to sign the Home Ownership Register comes in the wake of new figures in the National Housing Federation’s updated Home Truths report.

It showed that that the average house price in Dorset had risen from £295,202 to £311,426 with an average property costing nearly 13 times the average salary.

Information about the Register is being placed in council offices, leisure centres and public buildings, and will also be available at community events during the Spring and Summer.

Cllr Tim Yarker, who is housing portfolio holder for West Dorset District Council, said: “Our Home Ownership Register will help us more accurately gauge demand as part of our strategy to address housing need locally.”

Cllr Gill Taylor, who is housing briefholder at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The Register’s findings could prove invaluable in demonstrating the strength of demand to developers and housebuilders, and encourage them to come to Dorset.”

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, North Dorset District Council leader and housing portfolio holder, said: “The latest Home Truth figures are a further demonstration of the pressure on the housing market and why we need people’s help though our Home Ownership Register.”

The Register is aimed at anyone seeking a home in North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland, whether that is open market, affordable, shared ownership or rental.

It will give the councils the power to argue for development of specific kinds with statistics at their fingertips.

Signatories will be among the first in line to receive information about the latest housing developments and plans for new homes in the area as well as details of Government initiatives. They may also be contacted directly by housebuilders and development about new opportunities in their area.

The Home Truths report shows that the average property price in North Dorset has risen to £283,114 – 11.4 times the area’s average salary. In West Dorset it is £307,181 and 12.3. In Weymouth and Portland it is £232,266 and 10.8.

The Home Ownership Register is different from the Dorset Home Choice Housing Register, which is for people in need of social rented properties.

Council officers were on hand with the Home Ownership Register at recent Magna and Dorchester Town Council consultation events.

For more details contact account director James Tourgout on 07827 806400 and james.tourgout@deepsouthmedia.co.uk.