In 2019 Emsworth CLT organised a Housing Needs Survey, engaging the consultants arc4 to distribute a questionnaire to every household in Emsworth and then to analyse the responses. The findings and conclusions can be found asor . We have summarised some of the most important conclusions here:
Many of these will come as little surprise to residents but we now have an authoritative evidence-base to underpin our initiatives and advocacy with Havant Borough Council (HBC) and other bodies.
It has been noted before that the nature of the land economy in Emsworth (scarcity, high cost, lack of exception sites) makes it very difficult to get conventional community-led housing projects off the ground. Also, that while the pipeline of affordable housing from commercial schemes is significant, its mix, character, rental terms and allocation to tenants is not necessarily sensitive to the local needs of our community.
Against this backdrop a principal focus of Emsworth CLT remains to influence the drafting of agreements with developers (formalised in s106 deeds) so that the scarcities noted in the Needs Survey are met by at least some of the new housing in these commercial schemes. Discussions with HBC were put on hold with the onset of the pandemic but have now resumed.
Whilst the opportunities for direct development by Emsworth CLT are limited by the lack of sites we remain vigilant to opportunities: any suggestions brought forward by members or others will be enthusiastically received and investigated.