Culgaith Parish Housing Need Survey 2010

Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, commissioned by Eden District Council and supported by the Parish Council conducted a Housing Needs Survey in Culgaith Parish.   The purpose of the survey was to identify the need for affordable housing in the parish.  This report details the information derived from the survey responses.    


The survey work undertaken at local level provides information for the Parish Council 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 Culgaith Parish Council, Eden District Council, and are placed on the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust web site. 

The Survey

383 survey forms were delivered by post to the households (372) and businesses (11) within the parish of Culgaith (100%), with a return date of 7th May 2010.  143 households returned their completed forms and 5 businesses.   This is a total return rate of 38.64% which is above the current  average of 30% for this type of survey in Cumbria.  Cumbria Rural Housing Trust expresses its thanks to the Parish Council and others in the community for their work to promote the survey. 

Of the returned forms, there were 24 (16.21%) 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 Need

Of these 24 survey responses, indicating a housing need, some had a multiple need, giving 33 in total.   Of these, 9 households are in need of affordable housing within the next 5 years in the parish of Culgaith. The main need is for rented accommodation.   


1 of the 33 households stated that they were registered on the Local Authority and/or a Housing Association or other waiting list.


The current household types of those in housing need are:

Adult child (over 15)       x 4 

Couple     x 1
Single      x 3 

Family with young children      x 1


9 Households in total


 It is considered that the remaining 24 responses did not fit Eden District Council’s criteria for being in need of affordable housing within the parish in the next 5 years.



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