Opening Doors launches Home Ownership Register

House hunters are being urged to sign a new register to help bring good quality homes for sale to Dorset.

The Home Ownership Register has been launched as part of the Opening Doors campaign to encourage more housing, especially for younger local working people.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council have joined forces for the Opening Doors initiative.

Their Home Ownership Register will gauge the type of housing required. It is predominately for those seeking to buy but also for anyone renting.

Questions cover such factors as number of bedrooms, price, preference for shared ownership, affordable and open market properties, garden size and choices between flats or houses.

The register will give insights into the type of homes people want, which the council will be able to pass onto developers.

Anyone signing up will also receive the Opening Doors newsletter with the latest news about housing developments and new homes for sale in the area.

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, North Dorset District Council leader and housing portfolio holder, said: “We want to hear from anyone thinking of buying, whether they are looking to get on the housing ladder or are an existing homeowner on the move.”

Cllr Gill Taylor, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council housing briefholder, said: “There is a quick and simple online form to fill in which means people will have all of the latest property news while playing their part in combating the housing shortage.”

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council housing portfolio holder, said: “We are among a number of councils nationwide working pro-actively to find solutions to the housing crisis at a local level, and this register will play a key role in our work.”

The Home Ownership Register is for people who are ready to buy a home. This is different from the Dorset Home Choice Housing Register which is for people in need of social rented properties.

It will be available to sign online at a Magna and Dorchester Town Council consultation event at the Town Hall in Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday February 21, which is from 2pm to 8pm.

Sign the Home Ownership Register online here.