Survey to assess housing need

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RESIDENTS of Eskdaleside are being consulted on whether there is a need in the area for affordable homes both for sale and to rent.

A housing needs survey is being carried out among local people in the northern parish of Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby.

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) is urging people to respond because if they don’t it means affordable housing schemes cannot be built.

The evidence gathered will be used to back up plans for any future schemes which are often the key to community services such as village schools and shops staying open.

Households that are not within the geographical area but still have a local connection to the parish (for example people who were born in the area) can also be included in the survey if they request a questionnaire.

Other parishes in the North York Moors National Park have undertaken similar surveys which have shown a demand for affordable homes for local people and resulted in new housing developments being built in the nearby villages of Danby, Castleton, Hinderwell and Lythe.

These homes are now all occupied by people with a local connection to the parish in which they were built.

Esk Valley Coun Tim Lawn, who is also a member of Eskdaleside Cum Ugglebarnby Parish Council said: “I strongly urge anyone in housing need to complete the survey. I am regularly contacted by local people from Sleights who are in housing need and are simply unable to afford to buy property in the village.”

If anyone would like a survey contact Scarborough Borough Council’s Rural Housing Enabler, Colin Huby by emailing telephoning 01723 232323 ext 2945 or requesting a questionnaire by post by writing to Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG.