housing needs

 

 

HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY REPORT

 

WEST CHILTINGTON PARISH

  HORSHAM DISTRICT

 

 

Action in rural Sussex

 

 

CONTENTS PAGE

 

List of Appendices……………………………………………………………………  3

 

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………  4

 

West Chiltington………………………………………………………………………. 5

 

Affordability………...……………………………………………………………………6

 

Housing Need Survey………………………………………………………………… 8

Methodology…………………………………………………………………………............8

Response Rate…………………………………………………………………………......... 8

 

Part 1 – You and Your Household…………………………………………………..9

Second Homes……………………………………………………….………………...……9

Description of current home………………………………………………………....…9

Number of bedrooms…………………………………………………………………...…9

Tenure of current home………………………………………………………............9

Length of residency……………………………………………………………………...10

Household composition…………………………………………………………………11

Does any family member need to move within the next 5 years?........11

Main reason for needing to move………………………………………….…....…11

Sustainable community……………………………………………………...…………12

Support for Affordable Housing………………………………………….…………13

 

Part 2 Housing Needs………………………………………………………………..  13

Local Connection……………………………………………………………………….  13

Housing Register………………………………………………………………………...13

Current Place of Residence……………………………………………………………13

When accommodation is required………………………………………………….13

Affordability………………………………………………………………………………..14

 

Assessment…………………………………………………………………………….  15

 

Household Composition...…………………………………………………………..  16

 

Summary of Need.……………………………………………………………………. 16

 

 

 

 

LIST OF APPENDICES

 

 

Appendix 1: Housing Need Survey Covering Letter

 

Appendix 2: Defra Housing Need Survey Form

 

Appendix 3: Question 9 Comments


INTRODUCTION

 

Action in rural Sussex was asked by West Chiltington Parish Council to carry out a Housing Needs Survey in November 2008.  The aim of the survey was to determine the existing and future housing needs of residents in West Chiltington, particularly those on low or modest incomes.  This report identifies the affordable housing that is required by local people in West Chiltington and reports on the views of residents regarding an affordable housing development within the parish.

 

The role of the Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) is to provide independent support, advice and information to Parish Councils and community groups concerned about the lack of affordable housing in their rural communities.

 

Action in rural Sussex (AirS) is a registered charity (No.1035401) whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of local communities, particularly for disadvantaged people, and to facilitate the development of thriving, diverse and sustainable communities throughout rural Sussex.

 

West Chiltington 

 

The parish of West Chiltington is in the district of Horsham within West Sussex. The parish is approximately 12 miles from Horsham, 7.5 miles from Billingshurst and 2.5 miles from Pulborough.   According to the 2001 Census, the population of the parish was 3315 of which 1632 were male and 1683 were female.

 

There is an hourly bus service through West Chiltington Common travelling to Midhurst and Worthing and a service through the whole parish 4 times a day.  There are 2 pubs, a church, a primary school, 2 Post Office, shop and newsagents, a church hall, and a village hall in the parish.  There is a village museum, a nursery school, a pre school, an after school club and a mobile library visits once a week.

 

Figure 1 indicates that there are a high proportion of detached properties in the parish; this is followed by semi detached homes.  The 2001 Census data demonstrated there are a small amount of second homes within the village.  Table 1 demonstrates that there are a higher number of detached properties and a smaller number of Semi-detached properties in West Chiltington in comparison to the district wide numbers.  This table also clearly shows that there are a lower percentage of flats in the parish compared to the whole of Horsham.

 

  

Table 1. Housing Type in the Horsham District and West Chiltington Parish

 

Housing Type

Horsham District

West Chiltington 

Detached

20,633 (41%)

1273 (83%)

Semi-detached/Terraced

22,792 (45%)

180   (12%)

Flat / Maisonette

6,164   (13.5%)

69     (4%)

Second Homes

263      (0.5%)

16     (1%)

(Source: Census 2001)

 

From the 2001 Census data and as seen in Figure 2, the predominant tenure in West Chiltington is owner occupied (91%), followed by renting the property from a Housing Association (5%) and renting from a private landlord (4%).

 

  

Table 2. Housing Tenure for the UK, Horsham District and West Chiltington parish 

 

Tenure

UK 

Horsham

West Chiltington 

Owner occupied

70%

80%

91%

HA / Council rent

19%

11%

5%

Private rent

10%

8.5%

4%

Shared Ownership

1%

0.5%

No data

 (Source: Census 2001)

 

Affordability

 

From the Housing Need Survey Update which was commissioned by Horsham District Council in 2006 the cheapest entry levels have been calculated for both purchasing a property and renting a property in the district.   The Housing Need Survey Update calculated that on the basis of a 95% mortgage the lowest income needed to enable purchase of a 1 bedroom flat would be £34,000.  This figure increases to £38,700 for a 2 bedroom flat and £51,300 for a two bedroom terraced house as seen in Table 3.    The Housing Need Survey Update also calculated the lowest incomes needed to be able to afford to rent a property on the open market; the figures are based on rent at 25% of gross income.  For a 1 bedroom flat, an income of £21,300 would be required, followed by £28,900 for a 2 bedroom flat and £32, 700 for a 2 bedroom terraced house, as demonstrated in Table 3. 

 

 

 

Table 3. Income thresholds required for purchasing and renting properties in West Chiltington

 

Size of property

Income needed

 

Purchase

Rent

One bedroom flat

£34,000

£21,300

Two bedroom flat

£38,700

£24,900

Two bedroom terrace

£51,300

£32,700

(Source: Horsham District Housing Need Survey Report Update, 2006)

 

A property search on www.rightmove.co.uk was carried out to assess the availability and price of properties in West Chiltington.  Table 4 shows the lowest prices for properties for sale in West Chiltington and Table 5 shows the lowest prices for renting in the area.

 

Table 4. Lowest Current Property Purchase Prices in West Chiltington

 

Property Type

Location

Lowest Price

1 bed flat

Storrington*

£128,000

1 bed house

Pulborough*

£134,950

2 bed house

West Chiltington

£250,000

3 bed house

West Chiltington

£250,000

4 bed house

West Chiltington

£349,950

(Source: Right Move, 2009)

 

* A search within a 3 mile radius of West Chiltington was carried out because there were no properties in West Chiltington 

 

Table 5. Lowest Current Property Rental Prices in West Chiltington

 

Property Type

Location

Lowest Price

1 bed flat

Storrington*

£495pcm

1 bed house

Pulborough*

£595pcm

2 bed house

West Chiltington

£1,100pcm

3 bed house

West Chiltington

£1,600pcm

4 bed house

West Chiltington

£1,750pcm

(Source: Right Move, 2009)

 

Housing Need Survey

 

Methodology

 

Action in rural Sussex worked with both West Chiltington Parish Council and Horsham District Council to agree the method and process by which the housing needs survey would be conducted.  The standard Defra Housing Need Survey with amendments was agreed and consisted of two parts, the first part was for all households to fill in and the second was for those who are in housing need to complete.  A copy of the covering letter and the housing need survey are included in the appendices (Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 respectively).

 

The survey was delivered by post to the 1568 households in the parish.  A pre-paid envelope was included for residents to return the survey by 5th December to Action in rural Sussex for analysis.

 

Response Rate

 

Overall 1568 questionnaires were sent out one to each household in the parish.  A total of 443 forms were returned, giving a response rate of 28.25% from the 1568 households.  This is a good response rate for a housing need survey.

 

From the responses that were received, 441 households were living in their main home and two respondents said the property was their second home. Therefore the number of respondents analysed for this survey is 441.

 

Part 1 – You and Your Household

 

Second Homes

2 respondents said that their property was their second home and 421 respondents said that the property was their main home.  20 respondents did not answer this question.

 

Description of Current Home (part 1, q1)

The majority of respondents (284) described their homes as a house, this was followed by 146 respondents describing their home as a bungalow, 3 respondents live in a flat/maisonette and three household lives in a mobile home as seen in Table 6. 

 

Table 6. Current property description

 

Description of Current Home

Number of respondents

House

284 (64%)

Bungalow

146 (33%)

Flat / Maisonette

3     (0.8%)

Caravan/mobile home/temp structure

3     (0.8%)

Sheltered/retirement housing (social sector)

3     (0.8%)

No response

2     (0.6%)

TOTAL

441

 

Number of Bedrooms in Current Home (part 1, q2)

Table 7 demonstrates that 5 respondents said that they had a bed-sit or one bedroom, 69 had two bedrooms, 175 respondents had 3 bedrooms and 191 respondents have 4 or more bedrooms.

 

Table 7. Number of bedrooms in current property

 

Number of bedrooms

Number of respondents

Bed-sit / one bedroom

5     (4.7%)

Two bedrooms

69   (16%)

3 bedrooms

175 (40%)

4 or more bedrooms

191 (43%)

No response

1     (0.3%)

TOTAL

441

 

Tenure of Current Home (part 1, q3)

As seen in Figure 3, the majority of respondents own their homes outright; this is followed by owning the property with a mortgage.  24 are renting from a Housing Association and 1 respondent is renting from a private landlord.  4 respondents did not answer the question.  One respondent selected ‘other’ as their property is a lifetime interest.

 

 In summary

96% of households are owner occupiers

  • 1.5% rent their property from a housing association
  • 0.5% rent the property from a private landlord
  • 1.5% have a shared ownership property
  • 0.5% live in a property that is tied to their job

 

 In comparison with the percentages for the Horsham district in Table 2, West Chiltington has a higher number of owner occupiers, a smaller number of households in Housing Association properties and a smaller number of households in private rented properties.

 

Length of Residency (part 1, q4)

From Table 8, it can be seen that 39% of respondents have lived in West Chiltington for less than 10 years.  25% of respondents have lived in the parish for over 21 years and 37 people did not answer this question.

 

Table 8. Length of residency in West Chiltington

 

Length of residency

Number of respondents

Less than 3 years

48

3 – 10 years

124

11 – 20 years

123

21 – 30 years

57

31 – 40 years

29

41 – 50 years

10

51+ years

13

No Response

37

Total

441

 

 

 

 

Household Composition (part 1, q5)

Over half of the respondents to the survey were couples, as identified in Figure 4.  This was followed by families and single person households.  Of the respondents who ticked ‘other’, 3 are families with lodgers and one is a 2 person sharing household. 

 

20 households were families with 1 child, 40 were families with 2 children and 15 were families with 3 children.  9 respondents that said they were a family did not state the number of children.

 

Figure 4. Household Composition

 

 

 

Does any family member need to move now or in the next 5 years? (part 1, q7)

From Table 9, it can be seen that 158 respondents said that a household member will need to move, 100 said it was needed within 5 years and 58 said they needed to move in 5 or more years.  232 respondents said that they did not need to move and 51 households did not answer this question.

 

Appendix 3: These are the individual responses to question 9 in the survey which is summarised in Table 11 in the report on page 12.

 

House needs4

House needs1

House needs2

House needs3

House needs5

 

END