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Housing

With the recent announcement that Government might sup- port the draft development plan for over a million houses in the South East, there is likely to be more pressure on rural commu- nities. It was interesting to see the views of residents of Ropley on this subject, when asked what kind of accommodation do you think Ropley needs?

When asked what type of development would be accept- able there was strong support, 449 (55%), for the conversion of redundant buildings, followed by single dwellings in controlled areas which was backed by 335 (41%) of the people. There was also support, 240, (29%), for small groups of less than 10 homes. Finally there was the usual “Not In My Back Yard” group 213 (26%) who wanted no development at all.

There was a surprising result, especially when there is little local demand for homes — the Appraisal showed 26 people requiring them. The problem with restricting homes to local people is that need is never there when they are available, as was the case when the last development at Meadow View was completed.

Homes for young people

404

Small family homes

283

Low cost sale

224

Type of accommodation

Restricted sale to local people

Homes for single people

Homes for people with disabilities

Large family homes

Homes by virtue of employment (e.g tied)

33

Executive homes

24

59

145

212

197

Other

16

Support for different kinds of accommodation in the village

No further homes are needed

0

50

256

100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Number of people supporting

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