Meeting 11th April and results from residents’ questionnaire

The major item in our meeting of the 11th April was a presentation by Bernard Besly on his preliminary analysis of the results. I would like to personally thank Bernard for the huge amount of hard work and expertise which he put into this process. I would also like to thank Education Survey and Research for undertaking the difficult job of digitising 152 written responses. Some very clear patterns emerge from the data and we decided on the following five provisional policy headings for the next phase of the plan:

Housing: the development of this policy awaits the completion of the Houing Needs Survey which in turn is dependent on the LA comleting its Strategic Housing Market Assessemnt. We anticipate a completion in early July. att
Transport: parking and road safety remain major concerns. A close link with the developing university masterplan and a promised holistic review of parking issues in Keele by Staffordshire County Council will be key in developing this policy.
Local Facilities: village facilities such as the pub, St Johns, shop and the village hall are significant assets. The policy will be concerned to ensure their sustainability as well as considering futher facilities such as a village green.
Business: Links with the university and the university’s master plan, the rural economy and supporting SME’s will all form an important part of this policy.
Environment: conserving the character, distinctiveness and heritage of the parish in a rapidly changing world.

I have attached Bernard’s presentation. Our next meeting will be at 19:00 on Tuesday 9th May, the venue is to be finalised but will not be the village hall.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me regarding the attached results. I would note that our question on housing assumed that additional houses would be built in the parish and could be seen as a leading. This was discussed in the design phase of the questionnaire and it was decided to include a question on what sort of housing residents would like to see developed as the Neighbourhood Plan exists to guide development and cannot prevent it. Nevertheless some respondents did note they wanted no further houses or only limited development as we anticipated. To remind us all, the lower ceiling for development lies outside our control and sits with the Borough and its developing Joint Local Plan. We can influence what is built and where.

Analysis of results from residents questionnaire

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Questionnaires transcribed and analysis under way.


Returns are now closed.  The overall response rate for areas outside of Campus was 72%.  Returns for campus were lower but strong in areas known to have high levels of long term occupancy.  Overall return rates were 44%.  I short, well done everyone who help either in acting as a Neighbourhood Rep or by filling in the questionnaire.

We are very grateful  to Helen and Melanie of the Education Survey & Research Service for transcribing the data from over 150 questionnaires and for Tim Denning and Mike Johnson for offering advice on analysis.  We are taking a number of routes to this but an initial approach is to generate word clouds to show themes and patterns for subsequent analysis.  As an opener, the cloud below shows answers to the question “What three things do you most like about living in Keele.  Meanwhile the student questionnaire is underway and should close at the end of March.

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Update 8th March: Questionnaire returns looking good, delay in SHMA

Our questionnaires are now just about all in but we are still open for late returns. Percentage returns are very healthy. The Student Questionnaire is now ready for distribution and will be mailed to all resident students in the next few days. Less good news is that Newcastle’s new Strategic Housing Market Assessment has been further delayed and will not now be available until the end of June. This means that our Housing Needs assessment will not be available until then as it needs the projections from the new SHMA. We knew it was going to be a long journey and we have plenty to be getting on with!

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