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Draft Parish Housing Needs Survey Report

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Parish Housing Needs Survey Report

Yeohead & Castleton

West Dorset

Report date October 2005 

Andy Lloyd

Rural Housing Enabler

Dorset Community Action

C/O Purbeck District Council, Westport House

Worgret Rd, Wareham, Dorset

BH20 4PP

Tel. 01929 557386

Statistical validity

The 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.  


Ward Queen Thorne

Survey date  06-May-2005 - Survey forms processed  37 inc’ 3 late forms 

Castleton 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

Magna HA

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

 Typical 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

 Typical 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

(Housing 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 

Survey Result

Supportable housing need in the Parish:

Applying the Local Authority criterion for affordable housing  - parish residents unable to meet their needs on the open market, either to rent or to buy. Counting only those requiring housing within the next five years: 

The survey shows that potentially 5 households are unable to access suitable accommodation within the parish. This represents 3% of parish households and is subject to verifying the circumstances of the households identified via the District Housing Register. This need comprises:

 Whole households needing to move x 3

 New forming households needing to be housed x 1

 Households wishing to return x 1 

 Length of time resident in the parish:

4 to 8 years

 District 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.

 Local connection:

  • Currently living in the parish

  • Working in the parish

  • Close family in the parish

  • Born or grew up in the parish.

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:

Will 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.

 The District Housing Register, West Dorset District Housing Partnership, 22 High East St, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EZ, tel. 01305 756045 

The number of respondents who are contactable:

Out of the 5 forms received from households showing evidence of supportable need, only 3 returned the survey cover with their contact details. The Rural Housing Enabler will be able to stay in touch with these households during the time it takes to work up a scheme and ensure they are considered for an eventual offer of affordable housing.

If the other households wish to be included in a scheme they would be advised to contact the Housing Register. It would also be of benefit if these households contact myself, the Rural Housing Enabler, (address front cover) so that there is maximum chance for them to be considered for offers of housing in their parish.

Scheme 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 

Tenures matched to incomes / savings indicated in survey

Rented           x 2 units                                         



Sared ownership          x 3 units

May be possible for those households earning over £20,000pa – no households have savings or equity




Care and support           x 1 unit in the future?

1 elderly couple currently happily housed expressed a desire to remain in the community if they become less mobile in the future. 

 Factors affecting the number of homes to be built: 

  • The number of households that become registered and verified in need by the District Housing Register. 
  • The availability of acceptable sites with willing landowners prepared to accept lower land values compatible with affordable housing.
  • The amount of housing grant that a housing association may be able to attract.

During 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 on.

 Follow Up Actions:

 Rural Enabler

Circulate draft report for Parish Council comment / amendment / approval.

 Parish Council

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: 

  • Negotiating a percentage of existing social housing to meet local need, though re-lets are infrequent.

  • WDDC Planning Committee awarding ‘an exception to policy’ either for an exception site, or for re-use of existing buildings.


Please contact the Parish Clerk:

Rose Edwards, Townsend Cottage, Poyntington, DT9 4LF

Tel: 01963 220491 - Email:


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