Housing Needs Surveys

GRCC is the leading provider of Housing Needs Surveys for rural Gloucestershire.  These are arranged annually by the Gloucestershire Rural Housing Partnership (GRHP), which includes Tewkesbury Borough, and Stroud, Cotswolds, and Forest of Dean District Councils as members.   

Housing Needs Surveys are often conducted on a rolling basis as evidence for Planning Teams to justify affordable need and thus bring forward Rural Exception Sites to meet locally identified need.  Please note that, since the NPPF update in December 2023, Rural Exception Sites now include Community Led Housing - see our Stroud and Cotswolds Community Led Housing pages for further details.

At the moment, we have Housing Needs Surveys underway in Bagendon, St Briavels, and Eastleach.

We can also undertake private Housing Needs Surveys outside of the GRHP’s annual Housing Needs Survey Programme.  This depends on capacity, so we encourage you to get in touch as early as possible if you are interested in commissioning us to undertake a Housing Needs Survey for you in a particular area. 

GRCC's Affordable Housing Team

Tim Gwilliam Cara Loukes Barbara Pond

Left to right: Tim Gwilliam, Rural Housing Enabler, Cara Loukes, Affordable Housing Manager, Barbara Pond, Head of Operations.


If you would like any information about our Housing Needs Surveys, please contact Cara Loukes caraL@grcc.org.uk  01452 528491

Feedback About Our Housing Needs Surveys From Parishes 

  • "Dear Cara (GRCC's Affordable Housing Manager) - I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you very much for attending last night's meeting at our Parish Council.  The Councillors and some audience members who stayed to the end of the meeting expressed how good it was – appreciating how thorough and clear the talk was and in particular how well you answered the many varied questions and knew the subject so well.  We hope you achieved what you had hoped for from the meeting too and look forward to working with you."
  • "Good afternoon Cara, Many thanks for giving of your time last night to present the GRCC’s survey on housing need. Your presentation was well received and certainly contributed to a successful meeting on which we hope the PC can build in future."