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In the next 2 or 3 days, Community Action Northumberland [CAN] will distribute a new Housing Needs Survey to every household in the parish.

It has been commissioned by the Parish Council in order to assess the housing needs of the community in 2019. The information you supply will help it gain a picture of the housing available, and required in the future. The Council hopes to use this data in the Neighbourhood Plan it is developing to guide housing development in the village until the 2030s.

The Council adds: “We aim to encourage new housing that will augment the stock of homes available for young families who need somewhere to live, while working in the village or nearby.

“At the moment, we have a likely stock of 40 or so plots with planning permission for new houses in the village, or at its edge. Only a very few of these are likely to be affordable for the budgets of those young families.

“Information from you can help us build in policies which will allow house building we really need, and not just more 4 bedded houses for the more well off – if that is what our survey today reveals.

“The questionnaire comes with a postage-paid envelope to send back to Community Action Northumberland [CAN]. This has been composed by CAN and has been used with many villages who are writing their plans. CAN will collate the information and report on it to the Council. The findings will be published in due course.

“We want to emphasise that the information you provide is fully confidential, and the questionnaire is completely anonymised, protecting your privacy.

The survey needs to be posted back by 29th March.

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