Dover District Council's Local Plan set to deliver more new homes

Plans for a further 900 new homes across the Dover district stepped up a gear in July with approvals for the next phase of development at Aylesham Garden Village (277 new homes); a new development at Albert Road, Deal (142 new homes); and the start of demolition of buildings at the former Connaught Barracks for up to 500 new homes, 64 of which have been given outline permission on the former Officers’ Mess.  

Dover District Council is the only local authority in East Kent with a full Local Plan in place, including plans for 10,000 new homes by 2026.  

Figures released last week by the National House Building Council showed that 41,222 new homes were registered across the country in the second quarter of 2016, the highest level since 2007. 

The plans approved for Aylesham include the next phase of 277 new homes being built by Barratt Homes.  The expansion of Aylesham is one of the district’s core housing allocations, as is the proposed development of Connaught Barracks.  The Government announced plans in January 2016 to advance plans for the HCA site by directly commissioning new homes. 

Alongside the development of 142 new homes on land to the west of Albert Road in Deal, Quinn Estates are also to build a new link road between Albert Road and Southwall Road, along with new retail, office and community space.  Outline permission for the development was agreed in July, subject to legal agreements. 

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “Our Local Plan is delivering a strong pipeline of new housing developments, stimulating growth, and improving the quality and range of new homes across the district. 

“New homes are a key part of our wider regeneration plans, making the district a great place to live, work and play.  More and more families are recognising the affordability of coastal living, and our close proximity to London.” 

Posted on 03/08/2016