Protecting and Enhancing Hankelow's Natural Environment
Hankelow Parish Council, on behalf of the Neighbourhood Planning Team, commissioned an examination of our Parish's natural environment and this report from Cheshire Wildlife Trust in May 2017.
The natural environment that makes up the key landscape characteristics of our rural parish has been highlighted by many residents as giving a unique 'sense of place' to our community. By identifying the important ecological value sites that contribute to these characteristics and including them within our Neighbourhood Plan it provides an important opportunity for our community to shape the local environment for future generations of the Hankelow community.
Rural Housing Needs Survey 2014
Between September and October 2013 a rural housing needs survey was sent out to all residential households within Hankelow Parish to assess the affordable housing needs within the parish.
123 surveys were sent out and 64 returned, giving a response rate of 52%. Three houses were unoccupied at the time of the survey.
The survey highlighted several types residents with a housing need within the parish:
The survey showed that 40% of respondents were in favour of a small development of affordable housing within the parish; 42% against and 18% unsure either way.
Hankelow Housing Needs Survey 2010 - 2030
Cheshire East Council assisted Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group by reviewing the Housing Needs Assessment for the Parish.
The Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) uses a range of data from secondary sources (such as the Census) to build a profile of the local population, type and quantum of housing need in Hankelow Parish. This information is then combined with predicted trend data for Cheshire East, to build a judgement of the likely demand for housing within the Parish between 2010 and 2030.
The Housing Needs Assessment report indicates that Hankelow would need an additional 16 - 18 dwellings between 2010 and 2030.
Between April 2010 and March 31st 2017, 11 new dwelling were completed with a further 32 dwellings committed. The total number of new dwellings in Hankelow Parish completed or committed on the 31st March 2017 is 43.
The 43 new houses within the parish is considerably larger than the 16-18 new dwellings target for 2030.
Although the target number of dwellings has been achieved, the report highlights that there are discrepancies between the size and affordability of properties and the local needs of both young families and the elderly whose children have left home.
Hankelow Village Plan 2012
Although over 5 years old, the Hankelow Village Plan is still a valuable resource as it provides the first detailed questionnaire that encouraged our parishioners to think about their village and community to identify what they valued and how improvements could be made.
The themes picked up in the village plan survey have continued to be important in the surveys carried out as part of the Neighbourhood Plan development.
Providing a Community Hub Questionnaire