Grasmere Housing Need Survey - October 2006

Grasmere Housing Need Survey 2006

For complete details of the completed Grasmere Parish Housing Needs Survey open the Adobe PDF document - located at the bottom of this page.

The Survey

The Lakes Parish Plan Affordable Housing Action Group and volunteers  delivered 504 survey forms to households and businesses in Grasmere (100%). 187 households returned their completed forms.  This is a return rate of 37.10% which is above the average 27.98% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2003.  The national average is 35%.  As the percentage of second homes and holiday lets is high in Grasmere (estimated to be over 50%), the return rate from those residing full time in Grasmere is high.

Methodology

The survey was commissioned by the South Lakeland District Council, and survey forms were distributed by hand by the Lakes Parish Plan Affordable Housing Action Group (LPPAHAG) and volunteers, with a form being delivered to every house in Grasmere, including second homes, holiday homes and businesses ie 100% distribution.  A letter from the LPPAHAG was sent with the survey form, explaining the importance of the survey, encouraging people to return the completed form to Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, and explaining that further copies of the form were available for households with people with separate housing needs or for businesses with employees who needed to live locally. A return envelope was provided.   (These households are in the post code sector LA22 9).  Posters advertising the Housing Needs Survey were displayed throughout Grasmere.   The Manager of CRHT attended a meeting of the LPPHAG and explained the survey and the possible options once the survey was complete.  Parish Councillors and members of the LPPHAG then worked together to promote the importance of the survey to the local community.   A Press Release was sent to the Westmorland Gazette and also to Lakeland Radio, Radio Cumbria and CFM, in order to publicise the survey, quoting young residents’ views on the problems created due to the lack of affordable housing.