RAGLAN Housing has started building 11 new homes in Blandford.
The new homes in Damory Street, nine of which will be for shared-ownership, and two for affordable rent are being built to address part of North Dorset District Council's Housing Strategy. The strategy outlines an action plan that requires 70 new homes to be built in Blandford by 2015.
The Dorset Housing Strategy identifies that the need for affordable housing in the region has risen from 399 to 432 new homes needed every year. This development in Blandford Forum helps towards fulfilling that requirement.
Raglan is working in partnership with the local authority and contractors Brookvale Homes with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to deliver these new homes.
Richard Stevenson, Raglan's Business Development Director, said: "We see this development in Blandford as part of our commitment to build at least 10 per cent of our homes in rural areas and the towns that serve those rural communities, such as Blandford. We believe it is important to work with North Dorset District Council to help fulfil its housing strategy with a particular emphasis in this case on helping to preserve the economic viability of its small towns and rural communities."
It is expected that the homes will be completed in May 2013.
Councillor Graham Carr-Jones, Portfolio Holder for Housing at North Dorset District Council, said: "This development is an exciting addition to the affordable housing provision in the District, giving residents an opportunity to get a foot on the housing ladder through shared ownership illustrates our commitment to a broad range of housing options."