Burton Parish Housing Need Survey 2009

Key Findings – The Survey


666 survey forms were delivered by post to the households and businesses within of the parish of Burton (100%), with a return date of 30 November 2009.  186 households returned their completed forms.   This is a return rate of 27.93% of which is below the average of 35% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2006. 


Of the returned forms, there were 32 responses, saying that either the whole household or someone living within the household wished to move within the parish in the next 5 years. Three of these completed forms were for two separate households in need, giving a total of 35 households saying that they were planning to move in the next 5 years. Two of the 35 households stated that they were registered on the Local Authority and/or a Housing Association or other waiting list.


Housing Need


Of the 35 survey responses indicating a housing need, 14 households are identified as in need of affordable housing in the parish of Burton within next 5 years. Another household was assessed as in need of affordable housing but stated that they wanted to move elsewhere.


The main need is for rented accommodation, though two households could afford Shared Ownership


It is considered that the remaining 20 responses did not fit South Lakeland District Council’s criteria for being in need of affordable housing within the parish in the next 5 years


Households in Need


Eight of the households are young people living with parents, wanting to set up home separately, sometimes with a partner. Their need at present is for 2 bedroom housing. This could be houses or flats, though in general houses are preferable in rural areas. In the long term, it may be advisable to look at building fewer 2 bedroom houses and more 3 bed houses, to allow a more stable community, with couples able to stay in the area once they have had children.


There was also a small amount of need for ‘local’ housing, mainly older households wanting to downsize to smaller properties, usually bungalows. Most could satisfy their need for alternative housing as there were suitable bungalows on the open market, but as the population ages, there may be a need for more suitable housing for older people.


There were seven responses, which indicated a need for a young person to move out of the family home into their first independent home within the next 5 years, but due to insufficient evidence provided, they were not formally counted as in need of affordable housing. They may be emergent households in the next 5-10 years.


Recommendations and other issues to be considered


It is important to note that a Housing Needs Survey offers only a snap shot of the housing situation in the parish at the time of the survey, and this will alter with increasing/decreasing values of housing, policies of lenders, and the economic climate, demographics changes in the community and as individuals situations change