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SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON ISLE OF WIGHT HOUSING NEEDS IN AN ONLINE SURVEY

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Have your say on the Island’s future housing needs by taking part in an online survey that launched yesterday (Tuesday).

The Isle of Wight Council wants to give residents the chance to share their views on the housing needs of their area to help understand what homes the Island might need in 15 years’ time.

The results will form part of an evidence-based case being prepared by the council to demonstrate the real housing needs of the Island and challenge government-driven housing targets.

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Councillor Barry Abraham, Cabinet member for planning and housing, said:

“We would like to reach a position where we have an up-to-date and accurate picture of the housing needs in each of our towns and parishes over the next 15 years.

“It’s important that, when planning for the future of what our Island could be as we seek to further bolster our economy and provide opportunities for our young people, that they have the right type of homes to live in.

“We are committed to the fact, as per our corporate plan, that people have a place to call home and can live with independence.”

The six-week study asks for information about current households, for example, the number of people living there, the number of bedrooms and whether the home is rented, mortgaged or owned outright.

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It also looks at future household needs, such as whether children might move out of the family home in the next few years and if so, what their plans could be and needs from Island housing.

Council leader Dave Stewart added:

“Different people, families and individuals will have very differing needs — whether it’s starter homes, flats or supported living and extra care opportunities.

“If we don’t know what this is, then we cannot start to plan effectively. We know the population is growing and aging, and that currently we don’t have the right mix or number of homes available.

“We also know that building homes takes time to plan and to deliver which is why we’re doing this now as part of the core planning Island Plan review.”

Households are encouraged to complete the online survey as fully as possible at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/IWHousingNeeds2020

 

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Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
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Waste of your time. This greedy people are in the back pockets of developers imo, and will do what ‘they’ want, and your ‘say’ will be a total waste of time.

In Ryde the residents AND the Ryde Parish council threw out plans for the Pennyfeather development, yet, it made zero difference.

Money, not masses of voices talk here, and likely elsewhere now.

See it how it is.

Marc hughes
Marc hughes
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Not more homes needed shops n ect for the community are a priority task as is the medical facilities .. gp,s and nurses are needed more also mental health is urgent far more so than new homes ! Listen to people who live in the areas now for a bonafidy request for helping refugees or money chucking richie’s comming in and squeezing real locals out

John
John
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Filled it in but mystified by how the questions will help!
Does not address any particular situation apart from “will you move within 5 years?” Farcical

Carla
Carla
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We need a couple more hospitals before they build more houses

Stacey
Stacey
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This building of houses need to stop!! We have other means to be concentrating on… IE, doctor surgeries,hospital etc etc our little island is being ruined by the housing because you all keep building on any land that comes available.. which then puts more pressure on our one hospital for all. We need more shops for employment statuses also support for local businesses too.

Martin
Martin
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They did a survey on Coppins to wee what traffic demand would be in the future. They got that 100% wrong. Any survey on housing requirements will prove nothing. I tell you what the Island needs…. Much more affordable housing for the young Island residents. A ban/limit or huge tax on second homes bought by non residents.

Derek
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It is not affordable housing that is needed, it is social housing. The homes that come under the heading of ‘affordable housing’ are still beyond the affordability of first-time island residents. What is affordable on the mainland where wages tend to be higher, is not affordable on the Island.

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