Work to start building homes at the Connaught Barracks development in Dover could begin this year. I was shown around the site by bosses from Homes England last Friday (January 19th). All the old buildings have now been demolished – with 500 new homes planned to be built at the site off Dover Road.
There is so much potential for Connaught Barracks and I'm really excited about what can be achieved. I have urged Homes England to use the site to offer quality homes for first time buyers and families.
I was pleased to see things are progressing. It's vital the construction of the much needed homes now moves forward swiftly – and that we see work begin this year. The people of Dover have waited a long time for this project – now it's time to deliver.
Connaught Barracks is a former MoD site of 55 hectares acquired by the Homes and Community Agency – now known as Homes England – in 2008, with a Napoleonic fort now owned by the Land Trust at its core. In July 2016 outline planning permission was obtained for the first 64 homes to be built.
Homes England has been approaching housing developers ahead of construction. Bids were received for the first phase of the scheme – the Officers' Mess – in December. The preferred bidder is expected to be announced soon.
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