The development of basements under existing housing is a matter of considerable concern to many residents.
The Council is, therefore, reviewing the approach to be taken to basements. As part of this review we carried out a survey in August/September 2012 to better understand residents’ concerns.
This survey had three elements:
- a survey of those who live in properties which have benefited from planning permission for a basement: Basements Questionnaire: Owners
- a survey for those neighbours who have been consulted with regard to these planning permissions: Basements Questionnaire: Neighbours
- a more qualitative survey to residents’ associations seeking details of the range of impacts that basements may have had: Basements Questionnaire: Residents’ Associations
The responses to the surveys can be found by following the links below
Response to neighbours survey [PDF] (file size 1.48Mb)
Response to residents associations survey [PDF] (file size 529Kb)
Response to owners survey [PDF] (file size 7Kb)
The responses were used to inform the draft Core Strategy basement policy which was consulted upon in December 2012/ January 2013.