Hale CLT Affordable Housing in Hale
Hale CLT Affordable Housing in
Hale Village Community Land Trust Limited
Four housing surveys have been carried out in the Parish of Hale in recent years and all of them have identified the need for some affordable houses in the Parish.
Community Action Hampshire carried out an independent housing needs survey in 2008 and this identified the need for a small housing scheme and recommended a scheme of six homes for local people being 1, 2 and 3 bed units being a mix of 6 rented homes.
The 2008 Report confirmed that 86 per cent of all respondents indicated support for the idea of building a small affordable housing scheme for local people in the Parish. The response rate for the Housing Needs Survey was confirmed at 38 per cent which was considered to be “a very good response”.
Unfortunately, in 2008, no sites for affordable housing were identified and no action was taken to meet the established need.
In 2017 a working party of volunteers at the request of the Hale Parish Council organised in the village a questionnaire to assist in the preparation of the Parish Plan.
This was sent out to every house in the village and it contained a question asking whether residents of the Parish would support plans for the building of some affordable homes in the Parish. The answer was that 77 per cent of respondents confirmed their support for this.
In 2017 a further independent Housing Needs Survey was carried out in the Parish of Hale by Action Hampshire (formerly Community Action Hampshire), the same organisation that carried out the 2008 Housing Needs Survey.
The Survey Report again identified the need for a scheme of rural affordable housing within the Parish and suggested that 6-10 affordable homes both rented and shared ownership, spread around the Parish in small plots of 1 and 2 homes, should be provided within the Parish, such homes to be retained in perpetuity as affordable homes for local people.
The Report dated February 2018 confirmed that 79.85 per cent of all respondents indicated support for the idea of building a small number of affordable homes on different sites spread around the Parish.
The response rate for the Housing Needs Survey was confirmed at 47 per cent (a substantial increase from the 38 per cent in 2008) which was considered to be "a good response for this type of survey".
The fourth survey was carried out by the Hale Parish Council in 2020. The survey result was confusing in that it exaggerated the opposition to every possible site in the village by asking Parishioners who were opposed to any affordable housing to choose suitable sites. They were obviously going to say no to all of them. However, when the number of people who did not want any to be built in the village is deducted from each site assessment this survey does provide helpful information about particular sites.
In saying this we are not in any way suggesting that the 98 people who said they did not want any affordable housing in the village should be ignored because we respect their views. However, we also respect the views of the 108 people who said that they did want affordable housing in the village and they are the majority.
After deduction of the 98 who want none, 69% of the supporters of affordable housing in the village are happy with the Folly Hill site (the only site at present offered to the village), 96% of the supporters are happy with the site on the North side of Tethering Drove, and 77% of supporters are happy with the site to the south of Tethering Drove. Only 46% of supporters are happy with the site opposite the Hale Road junction with Moot Lane so less than half consider this site suitable.
The housing surveys can be accessed from the following links: