Claife Housing Needs Survey 2008

The Survey

305 survey forms were delivered by hand to the households and businesses of the parish of Claife (100%), with a return date of 30th April 2008.  78 households returned their completed forms.   This is a return rate of 25.57%, which is slightly below the average of 28.91% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2003, and below the national average of 35%. The 2001 Census information for Claife shows a large number of second homes or holiday homes in the area – 31.85%. An analysis of council tax returns by South Lakeland District Council in 2006 gave 18.18% second homes, 7.91% empty properties and 16.60% holiday lets, giving a total of 42.69% non residential properties in Claife Parish. This amount is likely to have increased in the past two years, and these households are unlikely to respond to the survey. Therefore the response rate of 25.57% is good.

Of the returned forms, 26 (33.33%) responded, saying that either the whole household or someone living within the household needed to move, within the parish, in the next 5 years.  This will be analysed further in this report. According to surveys completed by Cumbria Rural Housing Trust since 2003, an average of 19.41% of completed forms identified a local housing need.
 We used the LDNPA  criteria to determine whether a household was in need; see Appendix 2 of this report. This report details the information derived from these 26 survey responses who expressed a need. Four households stated that they were registered on the Local Authority and/or a Housing Association waiting list.  
Housing Need

Of the 26 survey responses, we consider that fifteen households would be in need of affordable housing within the area of the parish of Claife.
(There were fourteen such forms; one form yielded two potential households).
A breakdown of these is as follows. 

  1        Now
  3        Within 12 months
  3        Within 3 years
  8        Within 5 years
Of the remaining twelve, one would be considered in need of affordable housing, but outside the parish – stating another area as being their preferred place to live. We consider that the remaining eleven do not fit the criteria of being in need of affordable housing in the parish.

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