Housing Needs Surveys and Reports

Parish Plans, Parish Surveys and Local Housing Needs Surveys

Local surveys provide valuable data on the level of housing need.

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Housing Requirement Studies provide data on housing need at a local level. In order to find out more about the housing need in a specific area, parish surveys and other housing need surveys can provide vital information to help plan new developments. They can also help to demonstrate the need for affordable housing, and the level of community support for new development.

Parish surveys can help to produce a Parish Plan, which sets out a vision for a parish, and normally includes information on housing, traffic, crime, open space and other factors that are important to parish life. When carried out in a specific way, these Parish Plans can also be adopted by the Council as Supplementary Planning Guidance, and can help to steer future development.

The Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC) provides Parish Councils with advice on conducting parish surveys and producing Parish Plans. The CRCC can help secure funding, and the Council also has a limited amount of funding that it can allocate to parish surveys.

The Council encourages all parishes to consider conducting a parish survey, if one has not already been carried out.

For more information, please email affordablehousing@cornwall.gov.uk