PART 1 – HOUSEHOLD SURVEY

SECTION A: YOUR VIEWS ON HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE VILLAGES

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Botesdale and Rickinghall currently have just under 1000 homes and have grown by an average of 12 houses per year since 2002. Predicted housing growth in the East of England region means that additional housing in the Mid Suffolk District Council area is inevitable. MSDC does not have an up-to-date Local Plan to guide planning (a new Plan is currently being drafted) so we don’t know how much development we can expect. Botesdale and Rickinghall cannot be insulated from change – “no development here” is not a realistic option. But we can influence the location of new development in the villages so that we –
  • maintain the general character and layout of the village;
  • try to meet the needs of local people; and
  • minimize the adverse impact on local infrastructure, facilities and other assets.
In this part of the survey we will be addressing the issues of development and new housing as well as collecting general information about living in the parishes of Botesdale and Rickinghall. We will ask more specific questions about your personal housing needs in Part 2.

* 1. What do you think about the number of houses we have currently? Please tick one box

* 2. How many new homes should be built here in the next 20 years? Please tick one box

* 3. What importance do you attach to the following reasons for new housing in Botesdale and Rickinghall in the next 20 years?

  Important Not Important No opinion
To enable young people to remain in the community
To meet the wider need for more housing
To enable older people to move to suitable accommodation
To maintain sufficient use of village services and amenities
To add to the social mix of the community
To fund improvements to the community

* 4. What form would you prefer any future development to take? Please note that developers are not required to provide social housing in a development of under 10 houses. Please tick any that apply

* 5. What types of housing do you think will be most needed in Botesdale and Rickinghall in the next 20 years?

  Strong need Moderate need Low need No need No opinion
Starter/affordable homes
Social housing e.g. shared ownership or rental through a housing asssociation
Private rented accommodation
Homes for ‘downsizers’
Family homes
Luxury i.e. executive homes
Retirement housing
Sheltered housing

* 6. How concerned are you about the consequences of new housing development in Botesdale and Rickinghall?

  Very Quite Neutral Not very Not at all
Environmental impact (flooding, wildlife, air quality, drainage etc.)
Access and safety problems associated with additional traffic
Construction traffic
Pressure on school places
Pressure on health centre
Adequacy of other facilities and services
Loss of village identity

* 7. How important do you think it is for any new building development to match the styles of surrounding buildings or the character of the village? Please tick one box

* 8. If you have anything further to add to Section A, please comment in the space below.

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