Nunney residents have received a housing survey from Mendip District Council, with a covering letter from Nunney Parish Council.
Separately, Mendip District Council is also running a consultation on its draft Local Plan 2, which includes 55 new houses in Nunney.
The Nunney housing survey has been posted to all residents by Mendip District Council, but is also available online.
Lisa Ramsey, who chairs Nunney Parish Council, explained: “This survey is to assess the need locally for housing. We are very keen to have more affordable rented accommodation built, so that more of our young families can stay within the village they grew up in.”
“This also tells Mendip the various different types of housing needed, for example 1,2,or 3 bed houses, Disabled accommodation or a mixture of all.”
Residents are urged to complete the survey and return it by post in the prepaid envelope provided. The deadline is Friday 9 February.
The need for more affordable housing covers not only local people who can’t afford to buy or rent their own home on the open market, but also local people who may own or rent their own house but are looking for more suitable or adapted housing in the village.
Lisa added: “The survey is also intended for those who have left the village, but would return if there was the housing for them.”
“We need to get as wide a picture as possible so that what is built in the future suits the village needs, not just houses nobody can afford to buy.”
Responses to the survey will be treated in the strictest confidence, with local councillors unable to identify individual households from the final report.
The last housing survey was undertaken in 2009.
Local Plan 2
Separately, Mendip District Council is also asking residents to comment on its proposed Local Plan 2. This covers housing needs across the whole of the Mendips for the period up to 2029.
Local Plan 2 includes an estimate of 55 houses to be built on land at Green Pits Lane. This figure is based on the estimated need for additional affordable housing in this period.
For every proposed housing development, commercial developers have a legal obligation to provide a minimum number of affordable properties.
Barratt Homes previously sprung a surprise on both Nunney Parish Council and local residents by pushing hard for a development of 100 properties.
You can find full details of Local Plan 2 and leave feedback online
at www.mendip.gov.uk/localplanpart2. The deadline for this consultation is 5pm on Monday 12 February.