Housing Group

The housing group has been established to better understand the impact of housing on growth potential in Dorset.

Dorset will need to accommodate the projected population growth, predicted retirement and existing jobs that achieve growth without exacerbating problems and maintaining the status quo. Housing affordability is extremely poor in Dorset, making it difficult for local residents and incoming residents to afford housing. There is a national drive to increase the supply of affordable housing and thereby increase the ownership of housing.

Dorset’s vision is for a sufficient supply of affordable housing to meet the needs of Dorset’s economically active population. We want to support and enable the delivery of enough new homes to meet the demand from those who live and work in Dorset. Where possible, housing should be co-located with sustainable transport hubs, and along with new employment sites, should contribute to the self-containment of urban areas. Digital technology and the potential for flexible working should be integral to new housing developments.

Our housing commitment

  • work with local authorities to develop a strategic approach to the delivery of new housing in Dorset 
  • work with partners to take a strategic approach to attract housing funding and investment to Dorset 
  • support the house building and construction sector to deliver the housing growth required in Dorset  
  • promote the importance of housing development to support economic growth and improve productivity  
  • promote and enable greater links between the public and private sector to facilitate an acceleration in house building

Housing Report: Supporting Dorset's Economic Growth - Future Housing Provision 

Our housing report ‘Supporting Dorset’s Economic Growth – Future Housing Provision’ highlights the opportunities for addressing key growth barriers in housing affordability and availability.   

LEP Board Representation: Kim Slowe

LEP Officer Attendance: Lorna Carver 

Housing updates are provided through the Dorset LEP Board papers and minutes.


Catherine Bonnett, Housing Policy Manager, cbonnett@bournemouth.ac.uk


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