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Community survey commissioned of new uses for a parish church Apr 1

The Worcester Diocese has commissioned Richard Turkington to provide expert advice to set up and analyse a survey of the views of local people concerning the future of St Mary's Church in the expanding vilage of Kempsey.

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The church has an established congregation but there are concerns it may not be sustainable within the next 10 years. This survey seeks to identify the potential of the church to provide facilities for a community which is due to grow rapidly as a result of local housebuilding. This is the second such survey which Housing Vision has co-ordinated.  

Understanding Rural Affordable Housing Mar 19

Richard Turkington presented two workshops at a Rural Affordable Housing Summit at South Staffordshire District Council at the end of February.

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Attended by district and parish councillors, the Summit addressed the problems experienced by local people in accessing affordable housing in the district. Richard's workshop and accompanying report addressed the issue of assessing affordability; Jo Lavis presented a related workshop concerned with assessing housing need. The event was very well attended and received excellent feedback, it provided a model of how to engage with elected members and local people on this sensitive issue. 

Housing Vision delivers its first new style SHMA Jan 14

Commissioned by St Albans City and District Council, a new approach was adopted by providing a detailed and critical review of official demographic projections and an NPPF-compliant assessment of housing need including a range of future scenarios informed by commissioned projections.

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The SHMA Report is now available at the following link:

and a webcast of the initial presentation to Councillors provided by the Director of Housing Vision, Dr Richard Turkington is available at:

2013 ends with a flurry of affordability and housing needs projects. Jan 1

What was anticipated as a quiet end to the year went into reverse when we were commissioned to deliver a series of projects to tight schedules.

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Central Bedfordshire UA and East Northants DC both commissioned reviews of the affordability of private rented and shared equity housing, and we completed another parish housing needs survey for a private sector client, a growing area of our work.

Housing Vision's contribution to the pioneering Thame Neighbourhood Plan Dec 11

This Neighbourhood Plan was the first to allocate housing sites and has just been tested by the approval of a major housing application.

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Housing Vision undertook the original assessment which identified the scale and profile of future housing need in the town.