Garsdale March 2007


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

The Survey

We posted out 129 survey forms to the households and businesses of Garsdale Parish (100%).  29 households returned their completed forms.   This is a return rate of 22.48% which is below the average 28.79% 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 – 21.77% in the 2001 census, but we suspect that this has increased greatly in the past 6 years – which are unlikely to respond to the survey.  Therefore this fairly low response rate of 22.48% is understandable. 

Of the returned forms, 5 (17.24%) responded, saying that either the whole household or someone living in the household needs to move, within the parish, in the next 5 years.  This will be analysed further in the conclusion to this report.  In Cumbria since 2003 on average 19.66% of returned survey forms, completed by Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, have identified a local housing need.

This brief report details the information derived from these 5 survey responses who expressed a need. None of the households are on the Local Authority or Housing Association register or waiting list.



The Garsdale survey was suggested by the Sedbergh Parish Council as a housing needs survey was underway in that parish, and it was proposed that Garsdale as a strongly linked neighbouring parish should be surveyed at the same time. After further discussions with the Garsdale Parish Council and South Lakeland District Council, the survey for Garsdale was commissioned by SLDC. The Manager of CRHT attended an open meeting of Garsdale Parish, and explained the survey and the possible options once the survey was complete. Survey forms were delivered by hand by the Garsdale 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 in the post code sector LA10 5).   

Parish councillors 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 Radio Cumbria, in order to publicise the survey.  Further publicity was sent out towards the end of the 3 week period of the survey to encourage more people to return their forms.