Homes boost as affordable housing development opens

A HOMES scheme set to provide affordable housing for local people has been unveiled.

Hastoe Housing Association held an opening ceremony for its recently completed scheme in Tolpuddle, with West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin invited to cut the ribbon.

The scheme provides eight affordable homes, including one specially-adapted home.

West Dorset District Council provided £120,000 worth of funding towards the project alongside funding from The Homes and Community Agency.

Hastoe Group chief executive Sue Chalkley said: “We’re delighted to see our housing scheme in Tolpuddle officially open. This is yet another great example of community-led development. The partnership between Hastoe, the local authority and others worked really well.

“Hastoe takes great pride in helping rural communities thrive by building affordable, energy efficient homes for local people in perpetuity. Friday’s event was a chance for the local community and project partners to celebrate the successful opening of the scheme, which ensures that local families can stay living in and contributing to the area that they were born in, grew up in or work in.”

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s spokesman for housing, said: “Providing affordable housing for local people in our villages is an essential part of our work in maintaining the vitality of the rural economy and delivering the right houses in the right place is an integral part of our Accelerating Home Building Programme. Hastoe are an invaluable partner in our quest, and this development in Tolpuddle is another example of their commitment to West Dorset’s rural housing needs.”

The scheme in Tolpuddle is just one of a number of recently-completed projects which have received funding from the district council. These include a community-led project delivering six affordable homes in Toller Porcorum and nine affordable homes in Marshwood. There are also a number of projects currently being constructed in West Dorset, including 15 affordable homes in Lyme Regis, in partnership with the local community land trust, and 63 units in an extra care scheme in Dorchester.