Catterlen Housing Need Survey

Catterlen Parish Housing Needs Survey February 2012


2. Introduction & Key Findings


Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, commissioned by Eden District Council and supported by the Parish Council conducted a Housing Needs Survey in Catterlen 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 Catterlen Parish Council, Eden District Council, and are placed on the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust web site.

The Survey

210 survey forms were delivered in the parish, 203 to households by hand and 7 business letters were posted.  68 completed forms were returned giving a return rate of 32.38% which is on a par with  the 32% average return rate for this type of survey in Eden District. 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 4 (5.88%) responses, saying that either the whole household or someone living within the household wished to move within the parish in the next 5 years, this also includes returns where a future potential need has been identified.


See Appendix 1 for the criteria used to determine whether a household is in need.


Housing Need

Of the 4 survey responses, indicating a housing need, some had a multiple need, giving 6 in total.   Of these, all 6 households are in need of affordable housing within the next 5 years in the parish of Catterlen.  The main need is for rented accommodation.   


None of the respondents 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:

Household                                 Now     <12 mths   <3 years  <5 years      Total
Adult child (over 15)                   0                  0             3            2                 5

Single                                          1                  0             0            0                 1                                                         

Total                                           1                  0            3            2                 6




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