One of our strategic housing responsibilities is to assess and plan for the housing needs of local people across all tenures. To do this, we carry out and commission research to inform our future plans and strategies. We often work with neighbouring local authorities to carry out joint research projects. This gives good value for money, and allows us to place housing needs within their local context and to have more confidence in results that come from a larger study population.
Now in its ninth year, Homeless Watch is an annual snapshot survey. For two weeks every autumn, agencies working with homeless people in Nottinghamshire complete a questionnaire with every client they see. This gives us valuable information about the causes of homelessness and the effectiveness of services set up to tackle it. We can also compare changing levels and patterns of homelessness over time. As well as the report, we have the raw data allowing us to analyse the causes and characteristics of homelessness in any way we require.
Homeless Watch is funded jointly by all the local authorities in Nottinghamshire and has been carried out by Third Sector Research Solutions since 2010. You can download the 2012 Homeless Watch report by following the link to the right of this page.
Over time, we will place all the reports and documents from completed housing research projects on this page, with the report files available to download from the right hand side of this page. However, this is a lot of information, so please bear with us! If you would like any information in the meantime, please contact us.
All local housing authorities have to carry out Strategic Housing Market Assessments. This draws together a range of issues such as population projections, house prices, employment, affordability, overcrowding, specialist housing needs and the need for affordable housing. Our Strategic Housing Market Assessment was carried out by B. Line Housing Information and Three Dragons, and was commissioned jointly with the neighbouring borough councils of Broxtowe, Erewash and Rushcliffe, and Nottingham City Council. This area is known as the Nottingham Core Housing Market Area. Funding came from the participating local authorities and the Regional Housing Board of the former East Midlands Regional Assembly.
In 2012, we updated key parts of our SHMA to take account of the latest population projections and changes in the housing market. This showed that we would need 301 affordable homes to be built every year to meet the needs of emerging households who could not afford housing on the open market and to clear our waiting list over the course of seven years. This is an aspirational target, as it depends on the building industry - only 295 new homes of all types were built in Gedling last year and, paradoxically, the fewer new homes are built, the greater the need for affordable homes is likely to become.
In July 2011, we worked with Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire to ask people living in Newstead what they thought of their village, the housing it offers, and how it might change in the future. We had a fantastic response, with 191 out of 474 survey forms returned, and will use the results to inform future plans for services and guide any development in the future.
We carried out this survey in partnership with Ravenshead Parish Council to learn more about who needed housing, and what type of housing should be provided in the future in Ravenshead. We wrote to all 2,366 households in the parish, and got 532 replies, which is a good return rate. We found that there was a need for both affordable rented and affordable ownership housing, and that the largest group of people who needed rehousing were older people, many of whom would like to downsize or access supported housing now or in the future. The results of the survey will influence how we deal with any future development in Ravenshead.
This survey was carried out across the East Midlands in order to give information on health and safety hazards, the Decent Homes Standard, energy efficiency, fuel poverty, empty homes and other issues relating to housing, the environment and deprivation. In Gedling it took a sample of 2852 privately owned dwellings, which was approximately 7% of the private rented stock then in the Borough. The survey was funded by the Regional Housing Group of the East Midlands Regional Assembly, and was carried out by PPS Group. Detailed data from the survey is available online, as tables, reports and maps, through Housing Intelligence for the East Midlands.
This document helps Nottinghamshire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to plan for the health and wellbeing needs of people in Nottinghamshire, now and in the future. It is also very relevant to our work in planning to meet specialist housing needs, such as housing for older people, or people with mental health problems. The assessment is divided into sections relating to children (available here and updated in 2010) and adults and older people (available here and updated in 2012).
This was a regional examination of the housing needs of older people and the predicted growth of the older population, compared with the existing and projected supply of specialist housing for older people. The study also examined local and regional planning frameworks to identify any barriers and produce recommendations on how the public sector can invest most effectively in housing for older people. The study was carried out by Peter Fletcher Associates, and commissioned by the former East Midlands Regional Assembly. The main report is available to download from this page. A summary report, separate reports for each district and detailed appendices were also produced, and are available on request.
We commissioned this study with the other authorities in Greater Nottingham to get indications about the size of properties that would be needed to meet the needs of our changing population. The research found that there are areas with high levels of overcrowding (large households in small dwellings) and underoccupation (small households in large dwellings), and that a household’s financial situation is the main factor behind the choice (or lack of choice) of dwelling size. In general, many people want larger properties than they strictly need, in order to be flexible and meet their needs in the future. This report is too large to make available through the website - please contact us if you would like a copy.
In 2010, we joined with a number of neighbouring authorities to commission research into the role of the private rented housing sector in the area, and have interviewed both tenants and landlords on supply and demand, rents, facilities, housing conditions, why people need or choose to be tenants, and why people need or choose to be landlords. The report contains recommendations on how we, as local authorities, can make better use of the private rented sector to meet the housing needs of local people. This research is particularly valuable given the power to discharge our homelessness duty into private rented accommodation introduced by the Localism Act 2011.
This is a technical report which assesses the extent to which housing developments in different parts of the Borough can provide affordable housing for rent or sale, and still provide a fair financial return to the land owner and developer (this is known as “viability”). Generally, sites in areas with higher land values and house prices should be able to support higher levels of affordable housing. This is reflected in the different requirements for affordable housing set out in our Affordable Housing supplementary planning document 2009 [750kb].
This study used a survey of just under 2,000 households, a survey of homeless people and a series of focus group discussions to examine the housing and related needs of people from different minority ethnic communities. The study was managed by the University of Salford and part-funded by a grant from the Housing Corporation, with the interviews being carried out by local residents from the communities in question.