A local Housing Needs Survey offers a snapshot of the housing situation in the parish at the time of the survey; the outcomes will alter with increasing/decreasing values of housing, changes in the economic climate and the lending policies of banks and building societies, demographic changes in the community, and the changing circumstances of individual households.
208 forms and an explanatory letter were dispatched on 4th April 2013, and the closing date was 17th May 2013. A copy of the survey form and letter are attached as Appendix 1.
It is generally held that local needs surveys remain robust for a period of 3 years and should be updated, if necessary, after 5 years. This document sets out the
survey results, and includes additional data from Cornwall Council’s Homechoice register. As well as identifying housing need within the parish the results of the survey will be used in support of the generation of the Antony Neighbourhood Development Plan by the Parish Council.
2. The objectives of the survey were to:
- Establish the need for affordable housing within the parish;
- Identify the extent and nature of the affordable housing need;
- Establish attitudes towards further residential development;
- Identify land that may become available in the future.
3. The methodology used for the research criteria consisted of:
- Sending out surveys and explanatory letter to all households of the Parish of Antony who are on the electoral register;
- A freepost return address for the replies;
- A standard questionnaire designed to seek information on current and emerging affordable housing need;
- A comments section within the questionnaire for residents to expand on their responses.
4. Response Rate
A total of 208 surveys were sent out, of which 46 were completed giving a total response rate of 22%.
5. Analysis of Results
In terms of assessing statistical accuracy using a ‘confidence level’ of 95%, there is a ‘margin of error’ (a ‘confidence interval’) of 13. In straightforward terms this means that if (say) 45% of respondents pick the same answer to a particular question, the level of confidence suggests that we can be 95% certain that between 32% (45 minus 13) and 58% (45 plus 13) of all households would have picked that same answer had all households responded to that particular question. The margin for error of 13 is considered moderately high, although the data is does provide an outline picture of the current housing and household circumstances, and an understanding of what people might need and can afford.
6. Summary of Findings
Current position within the parish
Of the 46 surveys returned:
- 98% of properties are main homes
- 2% are second homes
The remaining questions in Part One of the survey were answered only by those respondents whose main residence is within the parish (45 possible responses).
Question 2 had 45 responses and of those:
- 82% of homes are houses, 11% are bungalows and 7% are flats.
Question 3 had 45 responses and of those:
- 58% of homes are owned outright
- 16% of homes are owned with a mortgage
- 7% of households rent from the Local Authority
- 13% of households rent from a private landlord
- 2% of households are shared ownership
- 4% of homes are tied to a job or other source
Question 4 had 44 responses and of those:
- 5% of properties have 1 bedroom
- 25% of properties have 2 bedrooms
- 34% have 3 bedrooms
- 36% have 4 or more bedrooms
Question 5 had 43 responses and of those:
- 23% of households have 1 person living there
- 53% of households have 2 people living there
- 23% of households have 3 or more people living there
Question 10 had 42 responses and from those households:
- 6% of residents are aged 0-10
- 11% of residents are aged 11-20
- 5% of residents are aged 21-30
- 6% of residents are aged 31-40
- 14% of residents are aged 41-50
- 9% of residents are aged 51-60
- 34% of residents are aged 61-70
- 11% of residents are aged 71-80
- 3% of residents are aged 81-90
7. Need for Affordable Housing
2 people said that they knew of family members who had moved away due to difficulties in finding an affordable home in the parish and would return if affordable housing was available.
3 people stated that their household wished to move to another house either now or within the next 5 years.
Part Two of the survey, addressing specific needs for affordable housing in the parish, was completed only by respondents who answered yes to either of these questions (5 possible responses).
Question 12 – Where does your household live?
- 5 respondents live as a single household within the parish
Question 13 – When does the household need to move?
- 2 respondents need to move within 2 to 5 years
- 2 respondents need to move in 5 years or more
Question 14 – Where are you looking to move to?
- 2 respondents ticked within the Antony parish
- 1 respondents ticked outside the parish (but still within Rame Peninsula)
- 1 respondent ticked within the parish or within Rame Peninsula
- 1 respondent ticked that they didn’t mind
Question 15 – What is the minimum number of bedrooms you require?
- 1 respondent requires 1 bedroom accommodation
- 3 respondents require 2 bedroom accommodation
- 1 respondent requires 3 bedroom accommodation
Question 16 – Preference for buying/renting
- 2 respondents would like to rent from a Housing Association
- 1 respondent would like to buy their property on the open market
- 1 respondent would like to rent from a private landlord
- 1 respondent would like shared ownership (part rent-part buy)
2 respondents to these questions are on the Homechoice
Question 18 – What type of accommodation do you require?
- 3 respondents require a house
- 1 respondent requires a bungalow
- 1 respondent requires another type of accommodation
Question 19 – The reasons given for needing to move were:
- Need secure accommodation (3 responses)
- Need to smaller accommodation (1 response)
- Need a cheaper home (1 response)
- Need different accommodation (1 response)
Question 20 – Type of household
- 2 respondents are two parent families
- 1 respondent is a one person household
- 1 respondent is part of a couple
- 1 respondent is a lone parent family
- 3 respondents have been permanently resident in the parish for the last 3 years
- Of these, 2 residents have also worked in the parish for the last 3 years
- 2 respondents have been resident in the parish for the last 5 years
- 2 respondents have family members who have formerly lived in the parish for a continuous period of five years
If you wish to buy a home what total house price can you afford?
- 1 households can afford house prices of less than £50,000
- 1 household can afford between £150,000 – £199,999
If you wish to rent a home what is the maximum rent you can afford
- 1 households can afford between £50 – £99 per week in rent
- 1 households can afford between £100 – £149 per week in rent
- 2 household can afford between £150 – £199 per week in rent
Total monthly take home income
- household has a monthly take home income of between £835 – 1249
- 2 households have a monthly take home income of between £1250 – £1665
- 1 household has a monthly take home income of between £1666 and £2499
- 1 household has a monthly take home income of between £2500 and £3329
8. Support for Affordable Housing in the parish
44 people responded to the question about support for Affordable Housing in the parish and of those:
- 55% (24 respondents) would support a small development of affordable housing for local people within the parish if there were a proven need
- 14% (6 respondents) said that they might be supportive
- 32% (14 respondents) would not support this
Statements of support for affordable housing within the parish
Respondents were asked to tick all statements which they agreed with relating to affordable housing:
- 17 agree that affordable housing should ideally be provided in one compact development;
- 28 agree that affordable housing should ideally be provided in small sites scattered throughout the parish;
- 32 respondents agree that affordable housing should be provided to anyone living in, or homeless (but formerly resident) in the parish who can’t afford to rent or buy;
- 28 agree that affordable housing should be available to people who have lived or worked in the parish for the past 3 years;
- 18 agree that affordable housing should be available to people who have lived in the parish for 5 years, but may not live there now;
- 26 agree that affordable housing should not be made available to anyone who has never lived in the parish.
Some respondents chose not to tick any statements.
9. Identifying land within the parish
Respondents were asked if they were aware of any sites in the parish that might be suitable for an affordable housing scheme. The following locations were given:
- West Antony Farm
- Antony estate farm buildings
- Small field North of village
- Not in Wilcove due to hills and sewerage
10. Other Housing Needs data
In order to identify more local housing needs information the Council has invested in Cornwall Homechoice, a sophisticated housing register system to collect and collate housing needs information by village, parish and town. The register also contains information about local people who may not necessarily be currently resident in the parish. It is important that local people who need affordable housing are registered with Homechoice.
Homechoice data (Non Questionnaire information)
A total of 20 applicants with a local connection to the parish of Antony have applied to the housing register as of May 2013.
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A total of 10 applicants to the Homechoice register have expressed a preference for living in the parish of Antony.
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11. Conclusions and Recommendations
The survey identified up to 5 households in need of affordable housing, whereas twenty qualifying local households are already registered with Homechoice, and 10 of these want to remain in the parish. Three of the five households identified through survey are not currently registered with Homechoice.
The combined data suggests that there is a need for a small number of affordable homes in the parish, with the majority indicating a level of support for a small project for the benefit of those with a local connection. Suggested locations indicate Antony Estate land, but in any event land should be situated close to the village amenities.
Preferences for renting or buying were divided, and whilst the income data was limited, affordable rented homes would seem a realistic prospect, and managed by a housing association. Ownership opportunities could meet a need, but only if the prices were particularly affordable.
Reassurance about priority for local people would need to be addressed by making appropriate provision in any section 106 planning obligation, and a detailed Local Lettings Plan covering both tenures.
The Parish Council notes that most respondents would support a small development of affordable rent properties in the village and will reflect this in its preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.
The parish council can refer to Cornwall Council’s Rural Toolkit guidance for identifying opportunities to provide affordable housing, and should refer to this report when assessing any opportunities that landowners might bring forward in the interim.