There are more people in need of affordable housing in our borough than there are homes available. Ashford is no different to any other borough in terms of demand outweighing supply. We are trying to address the shortfall of affordable homes through new, innovative methods.
One of those methods is buying ‘street properties’ from the open market. These may be homes formerly sold under the right to buy process. We can buy these properties back because we know the homes and they may be in areas where we already have housing that we manage. They may also be homes that have never been ‘affordable housing’ that we are now buying for that purpose.
We currently have the greatest need for 1-bed and 2-bed homes, though of course we need 3-bed and 4-bed homes too.
That’s why we’re asking if you have a home that you’d like to sell – whether it is a former right-to-buy home or not. Let us know if you’re looking to sell your home and we will consider it as an option.
Please fill in the form below to register your interest in selling your property.
We will come back to you within two weeks of the date you submit the form if we are interested in coming to view the property.
We have already bought 112 properties since 2013. These homes have been brought back into use by us or have been used to enable us to redevelop bigger schemes such as The Poplars.
In October 2019 the council’s cabinet members gave us permission to spend £15m for each of the next four financial years on street purchase homes. Our aim is to purchase 50 more properties in 2020-2021 and a further 75 in 2021-2022. The impact that Covid-19 will have on these targets is still unknown. We have only recently restarted this street purchase programme. As such, we will review information about it regularly as it is received.
We are also building new homes too and have delivered 322 since 2011. These homes are for people of all ages, including stunning dementia-friendly accommodation in South Ashford and Tenterden. Please view our developing affordable housing page for more information.