Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha (July 2005)

The Survey:

We posted out 351 survey forms to the parishioners of Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha (100%).  236 households returned their completed Part One, and 66 of these also completed Part Two, saying that they need to move to another home in Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha now or within the next few years.  This is a return rate of 67.24% which is well above the average 27.29% return rate for this type of survey in Cumbria since 2003.  The national average is 35%.

Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha Housing Needs Survey 2005
 

A Housing Needs Survey was undertaken by the Parish Council of Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha.  The surveys were distributed to all the households in the parish along with copies being sent to people who had left the parish and would like to return.  The results of the survey were analysed by Cumbria Rural Housing Trust and this report was produced.
 
Conclusions

Of the 66 households who indicated that they had a housing need to live in the parish, it was felt that only 23 households had a genuine housing need to live in the Parish of Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha.

22 households provided insufficient information for a judgment to be made.

21 households provided information and were judged not to be in genuine housing need, of these;-

2 households, both living in private rented accommodation have been judged to be seeking another home for aspirational reasons.  It was judged that the first is adequately housed at the present moment and wants a larger home, but is paying a reasonable rent at the current time.  The second states that they are looking for a larger home but were judged not to require one.

1 household owns their own home and has been judged to have sufficient capital to move and meet their own needs on the open market.

1 household gave a confusing response for which no judgment could be made.

17 forms were issued to those people wanting to return to the parish.  They were found to be genuine returners, however, they did not appear to need to live in the parish.  That is, they did not work in the parish or have to be in the parish to provide family support.

Recommendations

Therefore of the 66 households, 23 fit the criteria of being in genuine housing need, of these 21 currently live within the parish. See the housing needs survey attached for further information.