Whicham Parish Housing Need Survey 2007

The Survey 

Two hundred and two survey forms were posted to the householders and businesses of the parish of Whicham (100%), with a return date of 29th October 2007.  Seventy-seven householders returned their completed forms.  This is a return rate of 38.12% which is above the average 30.62% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2003 and the national average of 35%. The 2001 Census information for Whicham Parish shows that there were fifteen (8.8%) second homes or holiday homes in the area and that there were three (1.76%) vacant household spaces. From discussion with the parish council, these figures may have increased in the past seven years, and these households are unlikely to have responded to the survey.  Of the returned forms, twenty-five (32.47%) responded saying that either the whole family or someone living in the household needed to move, within the parish, in the next five years.  This will be analysed further in this report.  According to surveys completed by Cumbria Rural Housing Trust since 2003, an average of 18.41% of completed forms identified a local housing need. This report details the information derived from these twenty-five survey responses who expressed a need to move.  One of the households is on the Local Authority and / or a Housing Association waiting list.Housing Need1.  Of the twenty-five households indicating a housing need, we consider that twenty-one are in need of affordable housing within the Whicham Parish.                                             

3     Now                                            

3     Within 12 months                        

7     Within 3 years                                            

8     Within 5 years 

We consider that the remaining four do not fit the criteria of being in need of affordable housing in the parish.

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