Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Housing

2.5 There are approximately 71,400 dwellings in South Somerset District, 85.5% are owned by the private sector (owner occupied or private rented) and 14.5% by the public sector.[1]  The housing stock is largely made up of detached (34.3%) and semi detached dwellings (31.3%) followed by terraced dwellings (23.8%) and flats/maisonettes (9.6%). Other types of dwelling make up the remaining 1%.[2]  The more urban areas of the District show a concentration of terraced housing and flats.[3]

2.6 The size of dwellings in the District is above average with nearly half having 6 or more rooms (46.3%) compared with 44.3% in the South West and 40.3% nationally.  The largest concentrations of housing are to be found in Yeovil and the Market Towns.  Around half the dwellings in the District are in Council tax bands B and C.[4]  The number of second homes within the District is lower than has been found regionally but is marginally higher than the national average.[5]

2.7 Affordability is an issue within the District, with the average house price being 8.4 times the average salary, which makes it very difficult for first time buyers to enter the housing market[6] particularly in the rural areas.  The average house prive in 2008 was £206,900.[7]  Homelessness appears to be increasing with applications to register rising from 37 in the 3rd quarter of 2008 to 103 in the 2nd quarter of 2009.[8]

2.8 There is a need to find accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers, both transit and permanent sites. 

1. South Somerset District Council Annual Monitoring Report April 2008-March 2009 (December 2009) [back]
2. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Markets Areas Housing Market Assessment 2009 [back]
3. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Markets Areas Housing Market Assessment 2009 [back]
4. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Markets Areas Housing Market Assessment 2009 [back]
5. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Markets Areas Housing Market Assessment 2009 [back]
6. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Markets Areas Housing Market Assessment 2009 [back]
7. South Somerset District Council Annual Monitoring Report April 2008-March 2009 (December 2009) [back]
8. South Somerset District Council Annual Monitoring Report April 2008-March 2009 (December 2009) [back]