Thank you to the 486 residents who took the time to complete the Residents’ Survey during June/July 2020. This equates to an approximate 38% return rate – a good rate considering this took place during the on-going pandemic.
Detailed analysis of your responses is underway, with a full report expected during October 2020. This analysis, powerful information, will be used to guide the creation of the policies within your NDP. Ahead of this report, we would like to share some of the emerging findings with you.
The almost universal view from respondents was that Woodmancote is a peaceful and tranquil place to live and highly valued the surrounding countryside.
PART A: ABOUT YOU
- 69% of you have lived in the village for more than 10 years with this figure mainly reflecting owners of detached houses.
- A high percentage of respondents indicated that they were not working. When also taking age ranges into consideration, it leads us to understand that they may possibly be retired and this bias will need to be properly reflected in the final results.
PART B: SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY
- 82% considered the clear separation between Woodmancote and Southam was important or very important.
- 90% considered the clear separation between Woodmancote and Cheltenham was important or very important.
PART C: HOUSING
- If new homes were required, 31% wanted detached houses and 14% wanted bungalows to be built.
- 92% wanted any new development (including extensions) to be sympathetic to its surroundings and in character with the rural feel of the village and 65% thought building in back gardens changes the character of the village. This is a strong indication that the current density, openness and low profile nature of the village should be maintained.
- 89% believed that all new residential buildings should have a back garden.
- 96% believed that all new residential buildings should have off street parking and 92% want unobtrusive rubbish bin areas.
PART D: TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT
- A strong sense that traffic and on street parking are major concerns for you. In particular, parking on Station Road at the start and end of school days and near The Green.
PART E: VILLAGE CHARACTER AND LANDSCAPE
- 80% thought that local history was important to maintain the character and identity of the village.
- 85% felt that the green spaces were very important to the parish with a further 12% saying it was important.
PART F: CLIMATE CHANGE
- All questions relating to Woodmancote doing its bit to combat climate change were rated substantially important or very important.
- 75% wanted to see improvements in walking and cycling provision.