Southport Reporter (R) Bourder
Southport & Mersey Reporter - Mobile

Click on here to go to latest edition's main page.

  Search Edition Archive  

Visit our online shop...


Click on to go to our hub website.

Latest Edition   Archive   Shop   Email   Mersey Reporter
Please support our advertiser below...

For more recommended businesses click on here...

Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-16

-en Southport & Mersey Reporter

Local News Report  - Mobile Page


8 out of 10 Housing Association residents remain pleased with their homes

HOUSING Association residents remain pleased with their new homes, with 80% saying they were very satisfied or satisfied after 3 to 4 years of occupancy, new research has shown. 64% said their home was much better than their previous residence, illustrating that standards of new affordable housing are meeting expectations and often exceeding them.

There was a high level of satisfaction with many key aspects of design, such as space, internal layout and security, and residents themselves identified a wide range of positive attributes of their new homes. In addition over 80% of residents were satisfied with the overall appearance of their housing development and most felt that it integrated well with surrounding buildings and met the needs of residents. However, modern living was found to challenge some aspects of design, particularly the level of storage and parking provision, according to a survey commissioned by the NHBC Foundation and supported by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Nearly 30% of residents surveyed, were dissatisfied with parking provision. A further 27% were dissatisfied with storage space, with some residents struggling to store basic household items such as vacuum cleaners, bedding and linen, toys, shoes and even clothes.

The adequacy of ventilation was also a concern, with 55% of those surveyed recognising one or more symptoms of poor ventilation:- dampness and/or condensation (41%), mould (28%), or lingering cooking odours (10%) In addition some residents were dissatisfied with the winter temperatures in their homes and, significantly about 20% found their heating controls difficult to use.

The findings are outlined in Affordable homes, that residents' views of quality and compared with the HCA Quality Counts surveys, which takes place shortly after residents move in. Conducting this survey 3 to 4 years after residents have moved in means they have had more time to appreciate both the longer term advantages and consider any issues they have encountered with their new home. The results provide an important new picture of residents' ongoing satisfaction levels. Neil Smith, Head of Research and Innovation at NHBC said:- "The standards of new affordable housing are such that most residents are still pleased even 3 or 4 years after moving in, long after the initial euphoria of having a new home has worn off.  This is great news, but there is still room for improvement. Providing more help to residents on how to run their homes more effectively should be a priority for housing associations and developers. The research highlights increasing expectations for parking and the challenge this creates for the overall design of developments."


News Report Page Quick Flick.

Click on here to go to the mobile menu page for this edition. News Report Page Quick Flick

Read this page.

Southport Reporter (R) Bourder




 RSS Our Weekly Headlines


(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

4a Post Office Ave, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK


Click on to see our Twitter Feed.  Click on to see our Facebook Page.  Click on to follow our LinkedIn Profile. This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography. 

This is our media complains system...

We are regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint
Complaints Policy
Complaints Procedure
Whistle Blowing Policy


Southport Reporter® is the
Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope