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People are pleased with their new homes

People are pleased with their new homes

29 March 2016

An overwhelming majority of house movers surveyed by Wokingham Borough Council are pleased with their new homes and communities, according to a survey.

The borough council’s New Homes Survey asked people who have recently moved into new-build properties about their experiences and impressions of the area and found 80% of households say they are happy with their new home.

The results show people are very satisfied in most geographical areas of the borough, with some of the highest scores relating to the safety and attractiveness of their neighbourhoods.

96 per cent of people taking part say they feel safe in their neighbourhood during the day, and 90 per cent at night.  86 per cent of people say the buildings and streets where they live are attractive and 89 per cent that their new home fits its surroundings. 

The survey attracted 152 responses. These will be analysed in detail during the next few months to help the council improve its services and planning policies.

The most common areas for improvement relate to car parking - particularly for visitors - and storage space.

 “The results from this year’s survey are very encouraging and show that the council’s strategy for delivering high quality development is working,” said Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways.

“We’re continuously looking at ways we can improve our services and planning processes, so this public feedback is extremely important. Thank you to everyone who responded. We will also share the results and issues raised with the house builders on individual developments so they too can learn and improve.”