One of the responses we’ve had whilst out knocking on doors has been “I thought we did that last year?”. This was the Housing Needs Survey which asked residents about their housing needs and sought their views regarding their acceptance of new housing provision in the parish to meet Affordable Housing needs. The results of that survey have only recently been collated and will be made available at the drop-in sessions and on the Parish website.
There were 61 replies to the survey which is a response rate of about 43%. Additionally there were 9 replies to Part 2 of the survey that concerned Affordable Housing needs. About three-quarters of those responding supported some development in the Parish, the majority of those favouring development limited to between 4 and 10 new dwellings. Four of the responses express Affordable Housing needs.
It’s worth noting that Affordable Housing does not simply mean housing that is affordable. It has a specific meaning which is set out in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework. Very broadly, it means housing for sale or rent for those whose needs are not met by the open housing market which meet certain criteria set down by law. The different forms of Affordable Housing all have in common restrictions to ensure that they remain Affordable Housing for future tenants or owner-occupiers.