Crook Parish Housing Need Survey - April 2007

 

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

The Survey

Crook Parish Council and volunteers delivered 178 survey forms to the households and businesses of Crook Parish (100%).  62 households returned their completed forms.   This is a return rate of 34.83% which is above the average 28.80% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2003.  There are a number of properties used as second homes and holiday lets in the parish – 13% in the 2001 census, but is likely to have increased greatly in the past 6 years – which are unlikely to respond to the survey.  Therefore the response rate of 34.83% is good.  The national average is 35%.

Methodology

The survey was commissioned by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA). The Manager of CRHT attended a meeting of the Crook Parish Council and explained the survey and the possible options once the survey was complete. Survey forms were delivered by hand by the Parish Council and volunteers to every house in the survey area, including second homes, holiday homes and businesses i.e. 100% distribution.  A letter from the Parish Council 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 predominantly in the post code sector LA8 8, with some in LA23 3).   

 

Parish councillors and volunteers then worked together to promote the importance of the survey to the local community.  Posters advertising the Housing Needs Survey were displayed throughout the survey area.  A Press Release was sent to the Westmorland Gazette and also to Lakeland Radio, Radio Cumbria and Bay Radio, in order to publicise the survey towards the end of the period of the survey to encourage more people to return their forms.