Urswick parish HNS 2007

The Survey
survey forms were delivered by post to the households and businesses of Urswick Parish (100%), with a return date of 30th November 2007.  230 households returned their completed forms.   This is a return rate of 34.02%, which is slightly above the average 28.91% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2003, and below the national average of 35%.  There are a small number of properties used as second homes or holiday lets in the parish – 2.47% in the 2001 census - and this number is likely to have increased in the past 7 years, and these households are unlikely to respond to the survey.  Therefore, the response rate of 34.02% is good. 

Of the returned forms, 37 (16.08%) 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.


This report details the information derived from these 37 survey responses who expressed a need. Seven households stated that they were registered on the Local Authority and/or a Housing Association waiting list.


Housing Need
Of the 37 households indicating a housing need, we consider that 16 are in need of affordable housing within Urswick Parish.

  1        Now
        Within 12 months
  7        Within 3 years
  7        Within 5 years


            Of the remaining twenty-one, 1 would be considered in need of affordable housing, but outside Urswick – stating another area as being their preferred place to live. We consider that the remaining twenty do not fit the criteria of being in need of affordable housing in the parish.

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