Shenley Neighbourhood Plan – Housing and Development Questionnaire Results

From September to October 2017, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group surveyed the households of Shenley Parish to better understand the local housing requirements. The response was excellent, with over 550 responses – roughly 25% of all the households in the parish.

Below, you can find a basic analysis of the results of the survey.

Current Home

In this section, we asked people about the home that they and their family are currently living in.


Q1) Which road/street do you live on?

Presented as general area (Answered: 552 / Skipped: 5)

Area of Shenley No. of Responses % of Responses
Porters Park 301 55.13%
Old Village 214 39.19%
Shenleybury 19 3.48%
Other 10 1.83%
Outside Shenley 2 0.37%
Grand Total 546 100.00%

Q2) What type of building is your current home?

(Answered: 556 / Skipped: 1)

Current Building Type No. of Responses % of Responses
Detached house 205 36.87%
Semi-detached house 171 30.76%
Terraced house 124 22.30%
Flat / Maisonette 40 7.19%
Bungalow / Chalet bungalow 13 2.34%
Bedsit / Studio / Room only 1 0.18%
Caravan / Mobile home 1 0.18%
Link house 1 0.18%
Grand Total 556 100.00%

Q3) What type of tenancy is your current home?

(Answered: 551 / Skipped: 6)

Current Tenancy Type No. of Responses % of Responses
Owner occupied 457 82.94%
Rented from council/housing association 58 10.53%
Rented from private landlord 23 4.17%
Shared ownership 9 1.63%
Rent free 2 0.36%
County Council Lease 1 0.18%
House belongs to family 1 0.18%
Grand Total 551 100.00%

 Q4) Are you on the local council housing register or waiting list?

(Answered: 554 / Skipped: 3)

On Housing Register No. of Responses % of Responses
Yes 11 1.99%
No 543 98.01%
Grand Total 554 100.00%

Q5) How many bedrooms does your home currently have?

(Answered: 554 / Skipped: 3)

Current No. Bedrooms No. of Responses % of Responses
0 1 0.18%
1 23 4.15%
2 112 20.22%
3 234 42.24%
4 151 27.26%
5 29 5.23%
6 3 0.54%
10 1 0.18%
Grand Total 554 100.00%

Q6) What is the make-up of your household?

Filtered to top 10. Simplified by merging children’s age groups. (Answered: 554 / Skipped: 3)

Household Make-up No. of Responses % of Responses
Adults: 2, Children: 0 202 36.46%
Adults: 1, Children: 0 101 18.23%
Adults: 2, Children: 2 83 14.98%
Adults: 3, Children: 0 36 6.50%
Adults: 2, Children: 1 33 5.96%
Adults: 4, Children: 0 23 4.15%
Adults: 2, Children: 3 21 3.79%
Adults: 1, Children: 1 11 1.99%
Adults: 3, Children: 1 10 1.81%
Adults: 1, Children: 2 10 1.81%
Other 24 4.33%
Total 554 100.00%

Q7) What vehicles and parking do you have at your home?

Shown as number of spare parking spaces in a household (Answered: 484 / Skipped: 73)

Total households who answered vehicles AND parking questions 484
Total current spare parking spaces from those households 77
Average current spare parking spaces per household 0.16
Total households who also responded to future parking question 342
Total future spare parking spaces from those households -37
Average future spare parking spaces per household -0.11

Q8) How many adults in your household cycle regularly?

(Answered: 548 / Skipped: 9)

Number of Adult Cyclists No. of Responses % of Responses
0 416 75.91%
1 84 15.33%
2 37 6.75%
3 6 1.09%
4 4 0.73%
8 1 0.18%
Grand Total 548 100.00%

Moving Home

In this section, we asked if people are planning to move home and, if so, what they would need from a new home.


Q9) Are you planning to move from your current home in the next two years?

Not skippable online but 7 skipped on paper – shown as Unknown (Answered: 557 / Skipped: 0)

Planning to Move in 2 years No. of Responses % of Responses
Yes 101 18.13%
No 449 80.61%
Unknown 7 1.26%
Grand Total 557 100.00%

Note: The remaining questions were only answered by those wishing to move (and some Unknown)


Q10) Why do you wish to move?

(Answered: 99 / Skipped: 9 (458))

Reasons for Moving No. of Responses % of Responses
Upsize 42 42.42%
Downsize 22 22.22%
Buy Own Home 8 8.08%
Age, Health or Mobility 7 7.07%
General Move or Change 5 5.05%
Affordability 4 4.04%
Area Overcrowded 3 3.03%
Better Public Transport 2 2.02%
Issues with Property or Neighbours 2 2.02%
Better or Nearer Schools 1 1.01%
Split Household 1 1.01%
Marriage, Cohabiting or Separation 1 1.01%
Self Build 1 1.01%
Grand Total 99 100.00%

Q11) Do you wish to remain in Shenley?

(Answered: 100 / Skipped: 8 (457))

Do You Wish To Remain in Shenley? No. of Responses % of Responses
Yes 68 68.00%
No 32 32.00%
Grand Total 100 100.00%

Q12) What type of building will you be looking to move to?

(Answered: 68 / Skipped: 40 (489))

Type of Building No. of Responses % of Responses
Detached house 35 51.47%
Bungalow / Chalet bungalow 16 23.53%
Semi-detached house 10 14.71%
Terraced house 6 8.82%
Caravan / Mobile home 1 1.47%
Grand Total 68 100.00%

Q13) How many bedrooms does the new home need to have as a minimum?

(Answered: 103 / Skipped: 5 (454))

No. of Bedrooms No. of Responses % of Responses
1 5 4.85%
2 33 32.04%
3 35 33.98%
4 22 21.36%
5 6 5.83%
6 1 0.97%
7 1 0.97%
Grand Total 103 100.00%

Q14) What type of tenancy will you be looking for?

(Answered: 93 / Skipped: 15 (464))

No. of Bedrooms No. of Responses % of Responses
Owner occupied 86 92.47%
Rented from council/housing association 5 5.38%
Self-build 1 1.08%
Sheltered housing 1 1.08%
Grand Total 93 100.00%

Leaving Home

In this section, we asked about situations where some of a household move out, while others stay.


Q15) Has anyone in your family left home in the last five years?

(Answered: 542 / Skipped: 15)

Has Anyone Left Shenley? No. of Responses % of Responses
No 462 85.24%
Yes, left Shenley 74 13.65%
Yes, stayed in Shenley 6 1.11%
Grand Total 542 100.00%

Q15a) Why did they leave Shenley?

Only answered by those who answered “Yes, left Shenley” (Answered: 68 / Skipped: 6 (489))

Why Did They Leave Shenley? No. of Responses % of Responses
Marriage, Cohabiting or Separation 15 22.06%
University or Studying 13 19.12%
Affordability 13 19.12%
Work Location 10 14.71%
General Move or Change 9 13.24%
Death 5 7.35%
Buy Own Home 2 2.94%
Age, Health or Mobility 1 1.47%
Grand Total 68 100.00%

Q16) Is anyone in your family planning to leave home in the next five years?

(Answered: 537 / Skipped: 20)

Is Anyone Leaving Shenley No. of Responses % of Responses
No 448 83.43%
Yes, leaving Shenley 77 14.34%
Yes, staying in Shenley 12 2.23%
Grand Total 537 100.00%

Q16a) Why are they leaving Shenley?

Only answered by those who answered “Yes, leaving Shenley” (Answered: 74 / Skipped: 3 (483))

Why Are They Leaving Shenley? No. of Responses % of Responses
University or Studying 24 32.43%
Affordability 20 27.03%
Work Location 13 17.57%
General Move or Change 8 10.81%
Area Overcrowded 3 4.05%
Age, Health or Mobility 2 2.70%
Buy Own Home 2 2.70%
Better Public Transport 2 2.70%
Grand Total 74 100.00%

Accessibility and Services

In this section, we asked about accessibility requirements.


Q17) Are your or any member of your household’s day-to-day activities limited because of a long-term health problem, which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

Note: 16 skipped and 16 said preferred not to answer – 32 total (Answered: 541 / Skipped: 16)

Are Any Member of Household’s Day-To-Day Activities Limited? No. of Responses % of Responses
No 420 77.63%
Yes, limited a lot 40 7.39%
Yes, limited a little 65 12.01%
Prefer not to say 16 2.96%
Grand Total 541 100.00%

Q18) Do you or any member of your household, require any of the following now, or are you likely to require them in the next five to ten years?

(Answered: 84 / Skipped: 473)

Requirements  No. of Responses
Accommodation on the Ground Floor 53
Sheltered Housing with Support Services Provided 18
Other Housing with Support Services 15
Residential Care Provided 18
Other Requirement 9
Total households with any of the above requirements 84

Households that commented only to say “Who knows?” or similar: 51

And finally…

In this section, we asked a few final questions about housing in Shenley.


Q19) What is your definition of a large home?

(Answered: 540 / Skipped: 17)

What is the Min. No. of Bedrooms in a “Large Home”? No. of Responses % of Responses
3 41 7.59%
4 259 47.96%
5 194 35.93%
6 44 8.15%
7 1 0.19%
8 1 0.19%
Grand Total 540 100.00%

Q19a) Difference between “Large Home” and current home

Calculated by subtracting Q2 from Q19 (Answered: 538 / Skipped: 19)

Difference between “Large Home” and current home No. of Responses % of Responses
-4 1 0.19%
-3 1 0.19%
-1 12 2.23%
0 89 16.54%
1 202 37.55%
2 166 30.86%
3 56 10.41%
4 11 2.04%
Grand Total 538 100.00%

Q20) If, in the future, the local authority require us to plan for new homes in Shenley, what would you find most acceptable?

Average acceptability score (1 = most acceptable, 5 = least acceptable) (Answered: 318 / Skipped: 239)

Types of Development  Average Rating
Redevelopment of brownfield sites 1.63
Development of small green belt sites near existing housing 3.40
Infilling 3.24
Redevelopment of larger properties into smaller ones 2.63
Larger development in green belt 4.07

Note: A lower rating means a more acceptable type of development

Many paper responses to Q20 did not correctly rank all options, so had to be excluded from the above


Q21) Do we need to retain the green nature of the village and the surrounding Green Belt area?

(Answered: 543 / Skipped: 14)

Do We Need to Retain the Green Nature of the Village? No. of Responses % of Responses
Yes 533 98.16%
No 10 1.84%
Grand Total 543 100.00%

Q22) Where do you and other members of your household work?

(Answered: 416 / Skipped: 141)

Location of Work  No. of Responses
London 175
Shenley (Working From Home) 104
Shenley 56
Borehamwood 50
St Albans 34
Radlett 33
Watford 33
Elsewhere 158

Households that wrote “Retired” for this question: 110


Q23) Which age group do you belong to?

(Answered: 535 / Skipped: 22)

Which Age Group Do You Belong To? No. of Responses % of Responses
Under 20 1 0.19%
20-29 8 1.50%
30-39 73 13.64%
40-49 102 19.07%
50-59 116 21.68%
60-75 166 31.03%
Over 75 69 12.90%
Grand Total 535 100.00%

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