Survey looks at Berwickshire’s housing needs

Berwickshire Housing Association, Helen Forsyth
Berwickshire Housing Association, Helen Forsyth

A survey of housing needs in three Berwickshire communities is currently being done by Rural Housing Scotland on behalf of Berwickshire Housing Association.

The information provided by Coldstream, Chirnside and Cockburnspath residents will help the housing association when they look to future building projects: size, kind and tenure to suit local needs.

Helen Forsyth, chief executive of BHA explained why they have commissioned the work: “We are undertaking a survey in Coldstream, Chirnside and Cockburnspath, where we and local people have indicated there is unmet need but at present those towns have not received high priority from the local authority.

“If we are right and there are higher needs than previously we can then ensure they get prioritised for new affordable housing in the next few years. We hope people will let the Rural Housing Service, who are undertaking the survey, know their views: we are keen to get it right!”

Information BHA want to find out is: how many are living in homes unsuitable for their needs; how many people are renting but would like to own their home; what would be an affordable mortgage for either owner occupation or shared equity; what monthly rent people could afford.