Bolton Parish Housing Need Survey 2010

Bolton Parish Housing Need Survey 2010

In March 2010 Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, commissioned by Eden District Council and supported by Bolton Parish Council and the Heart of Eden Community Plan, conducted a Housing Needs Survey in Bolton Parish. The survey followed the launch of the Heart of Eden Community Plan and was distributed with a copy of the Executive Summary. The purpose of the survey was to identify the need for affordable housing and to fulfil one of the action plans laid out in the Community Plan. This report details the information derived from the survey responses.

The survey work undertaken at local level provides information for Parish Councils/Meetings regarding the housing needs of their community and is essential evidence for Eden District Council, Planners, Registered Social Landlords and developers to establish if there is a need for affordable housing.

Copies of the findings of the survey are distributed to Bolton Parish Council, Eden District Council, and are placed on the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust web site.The Survey

194 survey forms were delivered by hand to the households and 5 forms were posted to businesses within the parish of Bolton (100%), with a return date of 29th March 2010. 114 households returned their completed forms, which is a return rate of 58.24% and 1 business form was returned giving a return rate of 20%. The overall return rate was 57.29% which is and well above the current average of 30% for this type of survey in Cumbria. Cumbria Rural Housing Trust expresses its thanks to the Heart of Eden Community Plan Group, the Parish Council and others in the community for their work to promote the survey.

Of the returned forms, there were 13 (11.4%) responses, saying that either the whole household or someone living within the household wished to move within the parish in the next 5 years.

 See Appendix 1 for the criteria used to determine whether a household is in need.Housing Need1 of the households stated that they were registered on the Local Authority and/or a Housing Association or other waiting list.

Of these 13 survey responses, indicating a housing need, some had a multiple need; giving 21 in total, of these 5 households are in need of affordable housing within the next 5 years in the parish.

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