Housing Need Survey for Local Businesses on Exmoor

Have your say!

Please complete this survey about what housing may be needed to help your business

 Closing date: 3rd August 2018

The Exmoor Rural Housing Network would like to hear your views as a local employer and explore whether the supply of local housing may be affecting your business and its ability to function optimally.  The results will provide much needed information for our communities to continue to survive over the longer term.  The information collected from this survey will supplement the evidence of housing need (such as parish housing need surveys) used to assess the need for local affordable homes in settlements across Exmoor and the potential for future housing schemes. 

The Exmoor Rural Housing Network is a partnership of local organisations and individuals across Exmoor with the common concern of helping local people find suitable and affordable housing on Exmoor.   Sue Southwell is the Network Coordinator.  Please encourage staff in housing need to contact Sue if they would like to discuss their housing situation.

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 If you would like to discuss the survey and what it means for your business please contact Sue on 01392 248919 or email sue@devoncommunities.org.uk.

Confidentiality and Data Protection:

The information you provide will be used by the Exmoor Rural Housing Network to provide information for the Business Housing Survey Report and summary information on rural housing need. No data will be published which can identify an individual unless you expressly ask for your individual views to be shared.
 
What do we mean by affordable housing?

SHARED OWNERSHIP - people with a household income up to £80,000 buy a share in their home (between 25%-75% of the home's value) and pay rent on the remaining share to a housing association.

SHARED EQUITY - similar to shared ownership, but while housing association owns the remaining share, the purchaser does not pay rent. 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR RENT – tenants pay a percentage of market rent to a housing association or similar organisation.

DISCOUNT MARKET HOMES - purchasers buy a home at a discount below the open market cost. This tends to be linked to a multiplier of household income in order to ensure it is affordable.

RENT TO BUY – working households with an income up to £80,000 rent a newly built home at around 20% below the market rate for up to five years with the option to buy within this time. They must be first time buyers or returning to the market following a relationship breakdown.

SELF-BUILD / CUSTOM BUILD – individuals or groups are involved in the construction their homes. Self-build normally involves some form of ownership but can also be used to provide rented housing. Individuals must have an affordable housing need to be eligible for an affordable self-build home.

* 1. High housing costs and shortage of affordable homes is an issue for Exmoor National Park.  To what extent to you agree or disagree with this statement?

* 2. What impact, if any, does the availability (or lack of) local housing for employees have on your own business?

* 3. Have you ever considered the need to relocate your business because of difficulties with recruiting or retaining staff?

* 4. If you are affected by either the recruitment or retention of staff because of a lack of suitable housing, please tell us more:

* 5. What type of housing would benefit the operation of your business? The different types of housing are explained at the start of this form. You can tick more than one box.

*New market housing in the National Park has a Principal Residence condition, which means that it must be occupied by someone as their main or principal home. It can only be built where it helps to deliver affordable homes

* 6. ­Which settlements in the National Park could new housing be located to be of most benefit to your business?

* 7. Do you have any suggestions for suitable sites for affordable housing in your parish or any other comments regarding housing in the parish your business operates?

* 8. Are you aware that if people want to apply for an affordable home to rent they will need to register with:

Homefinder Somerset if they want to live in in Somerset?

Devon Home Choice if they want to live in Devon?

* 9. Are you aware that if people want to apply for an affordable home to buy they will need to register with:
Help to Buy South West

* 10. How many people do you employ?

* 11. What number of employees currently live in Exmoor National Park?

* 12. What number of employees have previously lived in Exmoor National Park but have had to move away because of housing availability/cost?

* 13. Address

Thank you for your support in completing this survey, it is much appreciated.
Please return your signed form in the prepaid envelope by 3rd August 2018

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