Neighbourhood Plan Surveys

The Steering Group has commissioned a number of independent reports in the first half of 2018:

  • Cheshire Community Action (CCA) – Household Survey on Housing Need
  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust – ‘Habitat and Diversity Study;  Protecting and Enhancing Utkinton and Cotebrook’s Natural Environment’
  • Blackfryers – ‘Utkinton landscape character assessment’

The first of these represents a survey amongst Households in the Parish and resulted in an overall 44% response rate (the largest % in CCA’s history of producing such reports). It will be complemented by a Borough-wide project by CWaC to map housing need across Cheshire West and Chester (due mid to late May).

The second report sets out some conclusions and actions for the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Steering Group to undertake in order to satisfy the title of the report.

The CCA Report is here:  Uktinton + Cotebrook Household Survey Report DRAFT V1

The CWT Study is here: CWT Protecting and Enhancing Utkinton and Cotebrook’s Natural Environment

The ‘Utkinton landscape character assessment’ was undertaken in 2018 as a supporting document to  the Neighbourhood Plan and also to act as evidence in an Appeal Against Development within Utkinton: 002 Utkinton landscape character assessment

The third report was commissioned jointly with the Parish Council to enable the Neighbourhood Plan to have a firm base for Housing Need and for the Parish Council to gather evidence to support the decision by CWaC to refuse planning permission for the ‘Northgate’ field.

Further survey results will be posted here as and when available. Attached to this page are three previous Household Needs Surveys made by Utkinton and Utkinton & Cotebrook Parish Councils;

2006 – Utkinton Affordable Housing Needs Survey and Analysis Report Sep06

2012 – HN_survey_final_Utkinton

2016 – Housing Needs Survey conducted by Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council June 2016

The Steering Group for Utkinton and Cotebrook Neighbourhood Plan have been busy attending local functions and canvassing views at various meetings over the past few weeks.
They have prepared a number of surveys covering, initially, four sections of our community including:

  • Households & Education
  • Farming
  • Business

These surveys are being distributed at the public meetings, on a door to door basis or can be downloaded or if you would prefer, by completing them online or by clicking the links below, – there are separate links for each of the surveys.

Download Documents Online Forms
Download Household Survey Form Online Household Survey
Download Farming Survey  Online Farming Survey
Download Business Survey  Online Business Survey

It would be very helpful if  the Steering Group get your feedback – simply because your views  matter and will be used to help formulate the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and, subsequently, the final plan that will help us to manage how our communities evolve over the next 10 – 15 years.