As part an ongoing commitment to invest in housing solutions, Dover District Council has awarded the contract to build 24 new affordable homes designed to offer interim accommodation for local people who find themselves temporarily homeless.

This follows news that plans for the major £3m project have been approved and include 8 one-bedroom flats at Stockdale Gardens in Deal and 16 studio flats at Kimberley Close in Dover. Both brownfield sites are owned by DDC.

The project forms part of the Council’s commitment to develop its own interim housing to reduce the reliance on B&B accommodation, which is a significant cost to the Council. The new developments will be welcomed by those who need a short-term place to stay before a more permanent solution to their housing needs can be found. The developments include a range of ancillary communal facilities, including laundry rooms, cycle racks, car parking, and refuse and recycling storage.

The contract has been awarded to Jenner Contractors Limited in Folkestone. Construction is set to start on site in the new year.

By Ed