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Appraisal of the housing, renewal and sustainability needs of rural areas of Gateshead

Gateshead Council commissioned a Rural Sustainability Study during 2006 which was undertaken by the University of Northumbria and Banks of the Wear. The research aims to develop proposals and options for intervention that will support the long term sustainability of rural communities.

The studies comprise a large sample survey of residents with particular emphasis upon hard to reach groups together with a review of existing information drawn from a variety of sources.

The research is needed to support the Council’s strategic planning and in particular to help deliver the Housing Strategy, the Housing Strategy for Older People and support compilation of a Rural Housing Strategy during 2007. The information will play a key role in informing the Unitary Development Plan, the Community Strategy, the Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy and the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy.

Appraisal of the housing, renewal and sustainability needs of rural areas of Gateshead research findings (pdf, 772Kb)

Appraisal of the housing, renewal and sustainability needs of rural areas of Gateshead analysis and recommendations (pdf, 262Kb)

Appraisal of the housing needs and aspirations of young people

The Council has completed a comprehensive study to determine the housing needs and aspirations of young people and found that the issues to be addressed include affordability of housing, choice and the need to ensure that young people are able to stay in Gateshead and live independent and fulfilling lives. On the basis of this research and in consultation with partners and stakeholders, the Council will incorporate the findings in its housing and support related strategies.

Housing needs and aspirations of young people (pdf, 1.6Mb)

Executive summary  - housing needs and aspirations of young people (pdf, 110Kb)

Older person's aspirations in Gateshead

Results from a study on older person's aspirations in Gateshead has been undertaken by Outside UK. This study includes the need for older people to achieve and sustain a good quality of life in good standard, accessible and appropriate housing, specifically considering the needs and aspirations of BME elders living with our communities

The study comprised a large sample survey of residents with particular emphasis upon hard to reach groups together with a review of existing information drawn from a variety of sources.

The research will support the Council's strategic planning and in particular the delivery of the Housing Strategy and the Housing Strategy for Older People.   The results will play a key role in informing the Unitary Development Plan, the Community Strategy, the Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy and the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy. 

The findings from the study have been set in the context of national and regional data and take into account research work being done on older persons' housing elsewhere.

Two reports have been produced. The main report which covers all tenures in Gateshead and a separate report with details relating to the Council's own stock. Both reports are available on this website on the right of this page.

Appraisal of older people’s aspirations 2006 - final report on council accommodation October 2006 (pdf, 1.2Mb)

Appraisal of older people’s aspirations 2006 -  final report October 2006 (pdf, 2.2Mb)