Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence


APPENDIX 3

RELEVANT FINDINGS FROM CHESHIRE COUNCILS' HOUSING NEEDS SURVEYS

  1.   Chester, 2004, David Couttie Associates (DCA).

  (a)  50% of concealed households cannot afford private rent levels in the locality.

  (b)  75% of concealed households cannot afford to buy, even though 12% of them have income above the national average.

  (c)  12% of concealed households express a preference for privately rented accommodation; an additional 12% would prefer to rent from an RSL or other social landlord.

  (d)  40% of all existing households cannot afford even the lowest private rent levels, rising to 65% in rural areas.

  (e)  1,400 existing households state a lack of affordable rented housing as a barrier preventing them from moving, even though they would like to.

  (f)  951 new affordable dwellings are needed annually, both in the rented and sales sectors, equating to approximately nine times the estimated current delivery. It is recommended that 75% of this figure be social rented housing.

  2.   Congleton, 2004, David Couttie Associates (DCA).

  (a)  60% of concealed households cannot afford private rent levels in the locality.

  (b)  80% of concealed households cannot afford to buy, even though 10% of them have income above the national average.

  (c)  10% of concealed households express a preference for privately rented accommodation; an additional 10% would prefer to rent from an RSL or other social landlord.

  (d)  18% of existing households cannot afford private rent levels.

  (e)  20% of existing households and 5% of concealed households state a lack of affordable housing as a barrier preventing them from moving, even though they would like to.

  (f)  441 new affordable dwellings are needed annually, both in the rented and sales sectors, equating to approximately three times the estimated current delivery. It is recommended that 70% of this figure be social rented housing.

  3. Crewe and Nantwich, 2005, David Couttie Associates (DCA).

  (a)  54% of concealed households cannot afford private rent levels in the locality.

  (b)  75% of concealed households cannot afford to buy, even though 23% have above average incomes.

  (c)  75% of concealed households earn less than £20,000 per annum and 9% express a preference for privately rented accommodation over home ownership.

  (d)  10% of existing households state a preference for privately rented accommodation and many existing households wishing to move state a lack of affordable rented housing as a barrier preventing them from doing so.

  (e)  655 new affordable dwellings are needed annually, both in the rented and sales sectors, equating to approximately three times the estimated current delivery.

  4.   Ellesmere Port and Neston, 2003, David Couttie Associates (DCA).

  (a) 44% of concealed households cannot afford private rent levels in the least expensive areas within the borough, rising to 57% in the more expensive localities.

  (b)  33% of concealed households earn less than £10,000 per annum and cannot afford to buy; only 15% of concealed households earn more than the national average.

  (c)  200 existing and concealed households express a preference for privately rented accommodation.

  (d)  24% of concealed households would prefer to rent their home from the council and an additional 4% from an RSL.

  (e)  32% of existing households wishing to move stated a preference for renting from the council or other social landlord; a further 10% recorded a preference for privately rented accommodation.

  (f)  Concealed households showed very little interest in shared ownership or other forms of affordable property ownership; only 1.4% of these households stated a preference for affordable ownership schemes.

  (g)  1,066 new affordable dwellings are needed annually, both in the rented and sales sectors, equating to over three times the estimated current delivery. The housing needs survey shows that there is a demonstrable need for affordable rented property in the borough, "Analysis shows that the housing market excludes many families and single person households who are currently seeking access to local housing | If there is a problem | it is a demand for affordable rented housing".

  5.   Macclesfield, 2004 David Couttie Associates (DCA).

  (a)  68% of concealed households cannot afford private rent levels in the locality.

  (b)  95% of concealed households cannot afford to buy, even though 12% of them have income above the national average.

  (c)  9% of concealed households express a preference for privately rented accommodation; an additional 8% would prefer to rent from an RSL or other social landlord.

  (d)  18% of concealed households intending to move within the next year indicated a preference for social rented accommodation.

  (e)  20% of existing households state a lack of affordable rented housing as a barrier preventing them from moving, even though they would like to.

  (f)  15% of existing households wishing to move stated a preference for rented property; 7% require privately rented accommodation and 8% prefer to rent from a social landlord.

  (g)  41% of existing black and ethnic minority households state a lack of affordable rented housing as a barrier preventing them from moving; 32% of these households indicate a preference for rented accommodation (6% private and 26% from a social landlord).

  (h)  20% of key workers indicate a preference to rent from a social landlord.

  (i)  803 new affordable dwellings are needed annually, both in the rented and sales sectors, equating to over three times the estimated current delivery. It is recommended that 65% of this figure be affordable (social) rented housing.

  6.   Vale Royal, 2003, Fordham Research.

  (a)  31% of concealed households cannot afford to buy or to rent privately in the locality.

  (b)  41% of all existing households cannot afford even the lowest private rent levels and have no access to home ownership in the district.

  (c)  68% of existing households state a lack of affordable rented housing as a barrier preventing them from moving, even though they would like to.

  (d)  127 new affordable dwellings are needed annually, both in the rented and sales sectors, equating to over five times the estimated current delivery. It is recommended that 54% of this figure be social rented housing.





 
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