In the autumn of 2013 the parish council commissioned a survey to enable them to assess the opinions of Lavenham residents. The questionnaire was prepared by Community Action Suffolk and was delivered by hand to every household in the village. The questionnaire could be answered online or using the form.  Assistance in completing the form was also offered. Each questionnaire was uniquely identified to prevent duplications. 

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HOUSING

By far the topic of greatest concern to those residents who attended the October village forum was the provision of housing, the possible location of new housing and the design of accommodation.

Question 1

What do you think about the amount of housing currently available in Lavenham:

Choose from:

  • Need a lot more
  • Need a few more
  • About right
  • Too many already

RESULT Q01

Question 2
What do you think about the current composition of housing in Lavenham:

For each of these categories:

  • Flats
  • Bungalows
  • Houses

Choose from:

  • Too many already
  • About right
  • Need a few more
  • Need a lot more
     

RESULT Q02

Question 3

If a new development takes place, what tenure do you consider most important?

(Public housing = housing provided by a local authority or housing association at below-market rent):

For each of these categories:

  • Privately owned
  • Privately rented
  • Public housing

Choose from:

  • Not at all important
  • Fairly important
  • Very important
  • Essential

RESULT Q03   

 

Question 4

What are housing requirements for the future?

For each of these categories:

  • Flats
  • Bungalows
  • Houses
  • Residential Care Homes for the Elderly/Infirmed
  • Energy efficient Housing
  • Single Bedroom Houses
  • 2-3 Bedroom Houses
  • 4/4+ Bedroom Houses
  • Privately Owned
  • Privately Rented
  • Public Housing

Choose from:

  • Not needed
  • Not needed very much
  • Needed
  • Very much needed

RESULT Q04

Question 5

Do you think the village should be allowed to expand outside the already built-up area of the village into adjacent areas?

Choose from:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t Know

RESULT Q05

Question 6

In your opinion how many new homes should be built in the village in the next 20 years?

Choose from:

  • 0
  • 1 - 50
  • 51 - 100
  • 101 – 200
  • 201+

RESULT Q06

Question 7

If additional housing was to be built, which would you prefer? Please rank in order of preference, where 1 is your first choice, and 4 is your least favourite choice.

Rank from 1 to 4

  • One large estate
  • A number of smaller developments
  • Individual released plots
  • Garden infill development

RESULT Q07

Question 8
Please tell us how much you agree or disagree with the following statements:


For each of these statements:

  • Without a village school the fabric of our community would be undermined
  • All new buildings in Lavenham should be sympathetic to the surroundings
  • Any construction or alterations should be built to at least current best practice
  • A minimum of 35% of all new housing developments should be earmarked for housing for local people
  • Alterations to existing buildings within the conservation area should be done sensitively and taking into consideration the character and location of the property

Choose from:

  • Too many already
  • About right
  • Need a few more
  • Need a lot more
     

RESULT Q08

Question 9
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RESULT Q09

Getting Around and About

Traffic, transportation and associated topics with this second most important area of concern listed by those who attended the village forum.

Question 10
Please tell us how much you agree or disagree with the following statements:

 

For each of these statements:

  • The speed limit in Lavenham should be 20 miles per hour.
  • Traffic calming measures should be introduced.
  • Parking in the marketplace should be forbidden.
  • Signage within the village should be improved.
  • Pedestrian crossings should be provided.
  • Parking should be allowed on pavements inappropriate places.
  • Traffic enforcement is adequate.
  • The signage to Lavenham from the main roads needs updating.
  • Large vehicles should be tolerated where they service a local need.
  • There should be provision for more cycle parking in the village.
  • Public transport needs to be expanded to evenings and Sundays.
  • Lavenham needs more footpaths.
  • The village requires a minibus service.
  • There is a need for a service to local hospitals for the infirmed and elderly.
  • The "A" road through the village should be downgraded to reduce heavy traffic.
  • Foot paths and bridleways should be kept in good order.


Choose from:

  • Strongly disagree
  • Disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly agree
     

RESULT Q10

Question 11
If you have anything further to add to this section, please comment in the space below:

RESULT Q11