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Draft Parish Housing Needs Survey Report
House The Barracks Bridport Road Dorchester Dorset DT1 1YG
Village Life Programme
Housing Needs Survey Report
Yeohead & Castleton
Report date October 2005
Rural Housing Enabler
Dorset Community Action
Purbeck District Council, Westport House
Rd, Wareham, Dorset
Tel. 01929 557386
need for statistical validity in the form of a minimum response rate applies to
sampled surveys where extrapolation from sampled groups requires minimum
participation levels to achieve statistical validity. This survey went to every
household and functions to: a) to identify actual households in need, and b) to
establish general level of support.
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Oborne Goathill and Poyntington Parishes
The parishes comprise 173 properties of which 2.9% are
second homes. According to the 2001 Census 396 people, comprising 164
households, live in the parishes.
In the last 12 months to December 2003 3 owner occupied
homes were sold. This represents 1.9% of homes estimated to be in the
owner occupier or private rented sector. The comparable figure for the last 3
years is 10.1%. Over this
twelve month period 0 homes sold for less than £70,000.
Existing affordable housing in the parish
9 dwellings in Poyntington and 5 in the Oborne area
All rented going to district need
No re-lets during 2004/05
Over the past five years 0 new housing association
homes have been built.
The parishes DO NOT have settlement boundaries to allow an exception site to provide housing to meet local need according to existing policy.
A total of 3 households in the parishes report that
family members have moved away in the past five years because of difficulties in
finding a suitable home.
There is scope for gaining social rented homes through transfers. Of those households living in the parishes who say they need alternative accommodation, 1 is currently living in a socially rented home.
There is community support for new build in this sector. Of
those households responding to the survey 78.1% would support a small
development of affordable housing for the parishes.
Context - The West Dorset affordability gap:
Ability of local people to access the market
cost of homes for sale in the parish:
Gilyard & Scarth October 2005
Ex local authority
2 bed £228,000 with 5% deposit and 3.5 x
gross income of £61,885pa
cost of private rented accommodation in the parish:
Gilyard & Scarth October 2005
No recollection of lettings in this location
As example 2 bed £550pm affordable at gross household income of £35,200pa
Federation guideline of 25% of net income / David Coutie District Housing Needs
Survey Report Rental Income Thresholds page 21)
WDDC district housing needs survey 2002
of time resident in the parish:
4 to 8 years
Council Supportable Housing needs criterion:
Ability to access the market as defined in Purbeck Local Plan 5.4.22 page 115:
Affordable housing should be available to “local households who are in unsuitable accommodation and who are not able to meet their own housing needs through buying or renting on the open market, as a result of the local relationship between income and market price”.
Applying Housing Federation guideline for affordable housing cost – 25% of net income - based on current typical local private rent of £625pm becomes affordable at £40,000pa. Therefore households with incomes below £40,000pa would be accepted as in affordable housing need. Actual incomes of respondents shown below.
Households who have had to move away due to housing costs who have close family ties in the parish and wish to return.
Young people in full time education:
normally be expected to complete their course and show that they were
permanently resident in the parish before being eligible for an offer of
independent affordable housing.
The District Housing Register:
Number of households on the
register at the moment: 1
To receive an eventual housing offer respondents must ensure they register on the District Housing Register. This applies to possible shared ownership and rented alike. Housing need identified in a parish and delivered on a planning ‘exception site’ allows local need to take priority over District need.
District Housing Register,
West Dorset District Housing Partnership, 22 High East St, Dorchester, Dorset,
DT1 1EZ, tel. 01305 756045
considerations seen as important by respondents:
Adequate domestic storage x 3
Home zone (Car free areas) x 2
Garden x 3
Parking x 4
Low heating costs x 2
Factors affecting the number of homes to be built:
the time taken to agree a scheme need in the parish may increase or decrease.
Initially partial delivery of the most urgently needed accommodation would be a
sensible objective which is likely fit within limitations of land and grant
availability. It may then be possible to think in terms of a further phase to
Follow Up Actions:
Circulate draft report for Parish Council comment / amendment / approval.
Parish Council to make report available to the community.
Engage with planners / District Cllrs / housing association to explore best way forward. The main options are:
Please contact the Parish Clerk:
Rose Edwards, Townsend Cottage, Poyntington, DT9 4LF
Tel: 01963 220491 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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