AJC Homes launch and announce ambitious plans to help tackle the affordable housing crisis in Dorset.
On Friday 12th July, AJC Homes held a double celebration marking the opening of their new offices on Market Street in Poole and the official launch of their new affordable housing construction business.
The sister company of AJ Developments, who have been building high-quality homes for private sale in Dorset for almost ten years, AJC Homes has been founded with a different mission; to become the leading builder of affordable and social housing across the county.
“There is an acute shortage of affordable housing in the region caused by several factors… “ according to AJC Director, David Cracklen, “Years of a lack of volume in house building has meant the cost of open-market housing has outstripped wages in Dorset dramatically. Records suggest that although the average house price in the area is commensurate or a little higher than the rest of the country, the average salary in many parts of the region is less than half that of the rest of the country.”
“We believe that in conjunction with our housing association partners we can deliver a significant amount of dedicated social housing across the region. It is our plan to be building between 400 and 500 new houses a year by 2025 and aim to deliver sites that are 100% affordable in nature.”
It is a bold ambition, but such actions will be need needed to alleviate a problem that, according to figures published by the housing charity Shelter in 2015 showed almost 95 per cent of properties in the South West weren’t affordable for families. The charity reported several key areas in the region where the problem was particularly acute including Weymouth and Portland and North Dorset.
David Cracklen continued: “We have a huge challenge ahead but that also means we have a real opportunity to change the landscape of affordable housing across our county for a whole generation; a generation who, until now, have been unfairly priced out of the market.”
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