Arnside Housing Need Survey 2005

Conclusion

Of the 49 completed Part II forms, further analysis reveals that 13 were actually looking for alternative homes.  5 households are looking now; 5 within 3 years;  2 within 5 years and 1, 5 years or more.

Of the 49, 37 were found not to fit the criteria of being in genuine housing need in Arnside for the following reasons:

9 households either owned their homes outright or had a very small mortgage amount still outstanding.  All stated that their present homes were too large.  All were judged to have sufficient capital to move and meet their own needs on the open market.

1 household owned their own home but stated that their present home was too expensive.  This case was judged to have sufficient capital to move and meet their own needs on the open market.

1 household who owned their own home did not give a reason as to why they wanted to move and could not be assessed

3 households owned their homes outright though due to age and possible infirmity may need an alternative home. 
These could not be judged at the current time and all 3 had sufficient capital to move and meet their own needs on the open market.

11 households owned their own homes outright and gave other reasons as to why they wanted to move.  These ranged from too much garden; a desire to live in sheltered accommodation, wanting a bungalow, looking to the future and assistance with personal care.  All cases were judged to have sufficient capital to move and meet their own needs on the open market.

9 households wanted to move for aspirational reasons.  Of the 9, 7 owned their own homes and wanted larger accommodation.  These households were judged to have sufficient capital to move and meet their own needs on the open market.  One household, living in local authority or a housing association property wants to move but were
currently judged to be adequately housed.  Another household is in private rented accommodation but wants to move to larger accommodation.  This household has been judged again to be adequately housed

1 household gave a rather confusing response which on the grounds of a lack of clarity, could not be judged.

1 household did not provide financial information for a decision to be judged.

1 household stated that a home was required for an offspring who might go to university and return to the parish after his training.  This was deemed aspirational as many things can happen within the 3 year period stated for housing to be required.  The form also implied that the household would buy on the open market and they owned their own home.  The form was judged to be somewhat confusing for a valid assessment to be made.

Recommendations
Therefore 12 households were found to be in genuine housing need to live in the parish.