Following the recent all important Opinion Survey I can confirm that we received 135 household questionnaires and 226 individual ones - a significant 41% response, which is an amazing result. My thanks to everyone who participated. These results alone will carry significant weight with the Planning Department even before the Neighbourhood Plan is completed.
I am very pleased to confirm that the raw topline results are now out and I think that they make very interesting reading. A lot of work lies ahead in working through these, interpreting them and deciding what further on the ground investigation is needed to do to do justice to the massive response we have received. In the interests of complete transparency I am making these available to everyone to read or download from here. If you wish to comment please feel free to do so on the website forum. This Email will not reach everyone so please tell your neighbours the results are out.
There are 3 documents involved. The first is the “Household” questionnaire which gives us some valuable demographic information about the respondents. For example, looking at answers to questions 3 and 4 and the balance between age groups, 41% of respondents are over 65 and 16% are over 75, which probably closely reflects the make up of the whole parish.
The majority (41%) are retired, 26% are in paid employment, and 16% in education. Interesting that only 5% are described as homemakers.
The next document is the answers to the questionnaire itself. On preliminary examination there seems to be very strong resistance to more development and against backfill and against extending boundaries. Also considerable dissatisfaction with the size and market value of most recent building as well as dissatisfaction with the disruption caused by it (see document 3 - ‘Literals’ [comments]). The new builds along Evesham Road in particular attract a fair amount of criticism for size and design and appearance.
The last document, the above mentioned ‘Literals’, lists the hundreds of individual additional comments people made and this alone makes very interesting reading indeed. My thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to complete and return these surveys.
My team will be working through the results and carrying out further research in the weeks and months ahead to ensure we do proper justice to the communities views. Regards,
Ian Jackson, Chairman South Lenches Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
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