22 MAR 2019

First homes at Connaught Barracks in Dover due for construction

Developers say the first 20 dwellings at Connaught Barracks in Dover will start being built by the end of this year.

A recent public exhibition displayed plans for 300 homes, with 64 due in the first phase at the Officers' Mess on the southern end of the former barracks site. A total of 500 homes have been earmarked for construction by Homes England. Connaught Barracks was selected as one of just five sites in the whole country to receive a share of a substantial government grant to build starter homes.

I visited on Thursday (March 21) to meet with Senior Development Manager Allert Riepma and Construction Manager Barry Seeley. I was pleased to see things are now moving forward having long called for faster progress at the site.

We all want Dover and Deal to be a place where you can get a job, have a home to call your own and raise a family. I'm passionate about reversing the decline of home ownership. That's why I have been supporting local developments at Connaught Barracks and Farthingloe. We must do more to help young people and give everyone a chance to get on the housing ladder.

An application for the Officers' Mess site was lodged in September, detailing plans for 64 new homes off Dover Road. In total 39 three bedroom houses, 23 four bedroom houses, and two two-bedroom houses will be built. Work started on the demolition of the old buildings in 2016, originally due for completion in spring 2017.

However a series of delays pushed construction work back. I called for faster progress on many occasions, including directly to ministers.

We need to build more homes and ensure they go to the local families who need them. That's why I back the Help to Buy scheme and have called on ministers to extend it beyond 2021. It's helped more than 200 local families to buy their first home.

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