Southern Housing Group celebrates new development Maison Dieu, with an open day event to be held on Wednesday 26 June.
To mark the occasion, a tree will be planted by Councillor Sue Nicholas, Chairman of Dover District Council, and Councillor Sue Chandler, Dover District Council Cabinet Member, who will say a few words to formally open the development.
Residents and members of the local community have all been invited to help celebrate one of Dover’s newest and most welcomed additions. The site was previously occupied by a decommissioned post office depot and car repair premises. Southern Housing Group acquired the site and commissioned the design and construction to meet a high quality brief. Generous space standards were part of a strategy to achieve Lifetime Homes.
Situated in central Dover, the development consists of 40 homes around a central courtyard. There are two blocks of flats, Eleanor Court and Bertram Court, and four family houses. All homes are let at social rents. Southern Housing Group invested over half the capital cost of the scheme with assistance from the Homes and Communities Agency under the 2008/11 National Affordable Housing Programme. The design was undertaken by architects CZWG and achieved a quality which regenerates and enriches Dover’s built environment. The development comprises:
Four, four-bed houses
10 one bedroom flats
26 two bedroom flats
A local lettings plan included the designation of one block of 18 flats to people aged 55 and over. Two ground floor flats, one in each block, have a flush floor shower suitable for residents with restricted mobility; and all ground floor flats have been designed to facilitate conversion to a wet room if needed. All the family houses have a ground floor shower room and provision for a ‘through floor’ lift to be fitted in the future.