Coniston Parish Housing Need Survey (2004)

The Survey

We posted out 777 survey forms to the parishioners of Coniston (100%). 202 households returned their completed forms, and 45 of these responded, saying that either the whole household or someone living in the household needs to move within the next 5 years. This will be analysed further in the conclusion to this report. This is a return rate of 26%.

Of the returned forms, 22.28% of households made a positive response to the question of whether they have a need for local housing now or in the near future. In Cumbria since 2003 on average 15.94% of returned survey forms have identified a local housing need.

This brief report details the information derived from these 45 survey responses who expressed a need. None of the households are on the Local Authority or Housing Association register or waiting list.

Housing Need

1. Of the 45 households indicating a housing need, we consider that 34 are in need of affordable housing within the Coniston Parish area.

9 Within 2 years
18 Between 2 and 5 years
5 In 5 or more years


We consider that the remaining 11 can afford open market housing

2. The current household types of these 34 are:

Household less than 2 years 2 to 5 years More than 5 Years
all retired 2 1 1
dependant children 2 8 1
All adult, 1+ in/seeking work 5 9 3
Of these the number which include at least one person over the age of 65 are:
  2 3 0


 

3. The required property types indicated by responses from these 44 are: Housing Requirement less than 2 years 2 to 5 years More than 5 Years
4 bedroom house 1 2 1
       
3 bedroom other sheltered housing     1
3 bedroom bungalow     1
3 bedroom house 1 1 4
         
2 bedroom unspecified     1
2 bedroom retirement     1
2 bedroom flat/maisonette/apartment     3
2 bedroom bungalow 2 2 2
2 bedroom house 3 2 2
        
1 bedroom retirement     1
1 bedroom flat/maisonette/apartment 1   1
1 bedroom bungalow 1    
1 bedroom house 1   1

 

4. The total weekly income of the 34 households with a housing need are:

Total Weekly Income less than 2 years 2 to 5 years More than 5 Years
Not Sure   1 3
£577 - £769.99 1   1
£385 - £576.99 2   1
£289 - £384.99   3 3
£193 - £288.99 4 1 5
£95 - £192.99     1
No Response   1 9

 

Conclusion

Of the 34 who expressed a need for affordable housing, 8 stated that they needed retirement housing, 14 stated that needed to set up new homes either renting or shared ownership, 3 of the remaining 12 said that they would like to buy but would need shared ownership and the other 9 would need to rent or shared ownership.

 

Recommendations

Based on the above it is suggested that there is a need for a mixed development of 3 or 4 two bed bungalows, 4x 2 bedroom flats for rent, 4x two bed family houses and 4x three bed family houses for either rent or shared ownership.