Residents, Employers and Employees
In January 2020, the Council is sending a Housing Needs Survey to every household in the town, asking householders to identify the housing needs of all members of the household in the next five years. (online at: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157434273466 )
Local employers are also asked to bring the questionnaire to the attention of employees many of whom commute into the town. (online at: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157434391654 )
The Town Council is asking for responses to its Housing Needs Survey before February 7th 2020.
Why we want Information
The Town Council, as part of its long-term planning, wishes to have a more detailed understanding of local housing needs.
Affordability and Suitability
They are concerned that truly affordable housing in the area is becoming more difficult to acquire and that the cost of housing is increasing beyond the reach of local people. This applies especially to younger people and those on lower incomes, with the result that these residents usually have to move away. This undermines the natural balance of the community. The same applies to residents who, by reason of age and/or disability, want to move to more suitable accommodation within the community but are unable to do so. (online at: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157434273466 )
The Town Council is also aware that many who work in Church Stretton but who are not currently resident in the town may wish to live in the town if housing options were available to them within their means. This results in many having to commute long distances into work with the resultant costs in time and money as well as carbon emissions. (online at: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157434391654 )
Questionnaires and Anonymity
Through the Questionnaires, we aim to find out about people’s housing need. We would like to know what type of housing is wanted and what rent/mortgage repayments would be affordable.
This information, we don’t ask for your names, will help to influence the local application of the Shropshire Council Planning Policy with regard to housing.
Every Household should receive a questionnaire at the beginning of January, and you will also be able to complete the survey digitally on-line, and get paper copies from the Town Council Offices.
Local Residents version: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157434273466
Employee version: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157434391654
The deadline for completing and returning the survey is Friday February 7th 2020.
Paper copies of this survey are available at the Town Council Office, 60, High St., Church Stretton, SY6 6BY.
Publishing the Results
The resultant overall analysis of local housing needs will be made widely publicly available and will inform the local housing policy of Shropshire Council, with backing from the Town Council
If you have any queries on this survey, please contact us at: https://www.churchstretton-tc.gov.uk/our-offices/