AN affordable homes development on former greenfield land in north Dorset is finally welcoming its first ever residents.

Construction has been completed at the 2.84-acre (1.15ha) Comerwicke Fields development in the village of Okeford Fitzpaine which has seen the creation of 27 new family homes.

Building work was finished on schedule in July and a welcome event took place on site in early August for the new residents and those directly involved in the project.

Among those in attendance were representatives from the district and parish councils as well as those from developers AJC Group and housing partners Aster Group.

There is a mix of sizes and styles including two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached, mid terrace and end terrace houses.

Each home has a private garden, dedicated hardstanding spaces, and residents’ car parking. The development is described as 100 per cent affordable with eight homes for social rent and 19 homes available through shared ownership.

AJC Group director David Cracklen said: “The homes are built to the highest standards and this project is in line with our commitment and corporate strategy to build 500 affordable homes by 2028. The development programme and finished homes pay respect to the local heritage of the area, while enhancing the surrounding village.

“It’s been great to work with Aster Group and we look forward to completing our second collaborative development in Dorset with the same team before the end of 2024.”

Councillor Jane Somper, member for housing at Dorset Council, added: “Dorset is a wonderful place to live. However, homes in rural locations, like Okeford Fitzpaine, normally come at a premium.

“This makes it harder for local families to get onto the housing ladder in their local area, so it is great to see a newly completed affordable housing scheme which supports the local community.”

Demand for the development was high and, at present, just two homes on the site are available under shared ownership.

AJC Group says it is on track to deliver more than 200 mixed-tenure homes during 2023, reflecting a total construction value in excess of £100m.