Data Orchard was commissioned by Wyre Forest Distrct Council on behalf of Bewdley Town Council to conduct a current, past and future resident’s survey of Bewdley Parish. The questionnaire was circulated to households in Bewdley and Ribbesford but information was also gathered from people and families who have moved away from the town and who would like to return. The questionnaire also gathered information from households that might be changing in the near future; for example, children looking to move out from home but stay within the Town. The aim of the questionnaire was to establish what mix of housing is needed in the town, between privately owned, subsidized or social rented units, shared ownership, accommodation for younger families and for the retired or elderly people. The aim is to make sure developments are, as far as possible, in tune with the needs of the community.
The most recent census data was used to establish what type of people currently live in Bewdley and what type of housing is currently available. This was then compared to what residents wanted in order to develop a picture of current and future housing needs. Current house rental and sale prices were also compared to what residents felt they could afford in order to establish the real levels of affordable stock in the area.
In total 1,499 responses were returned, of which 68 were completed online by residents of Bewdley who preferred to complete the survey electronically or were living outside of the area but had a personal interest in housing in Bewdley.