Perth City Housing and Transport

Housing

There were 21,704 Households in 2011, 37.1% of households have only one person living in them which is higher than Perth and Kinross where 32.2% of households are home to only one person. 57% of homes are owner occupied while 65.9% of households in Perth and Kinross as a whole.  The median house price in the City and surrounding area is £145,00 which is lower than other areas in Perth and Kinross, however the house prices vary depending on the area of the city.  The cost of rental housing is an issue for many people in the city, especially young people. This is one factor in the high number of young people remaining in their parents’ homes for longer, a phenomenon which can be seen throughout Scotland and the UK.

A number of buildings in the town centre are in need of repair. This is challenging, because buildings in the city centre generally have multiple owners and co-ordination is required to undertake repair work.

Fuel poverty is not considered to be a significant issue in Perth compared to the more rural parts of Perth and Kinross, partly because most houses have access to the mains gas network.

Transport

Perth is located in the heart of Scotland, and has strong road networks to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Inverness and Dundee. Broxden Roundabout at the edge of the city is the only roundabout in Scotland which has signs to every city in Scotland. Perth Railway station has direct links to all Scottish cities, creating a number of opportunities. Many of the main communities in Perthshire rely heavily on bus services or private transport to get into the city.

 Planning

The Perth City Plan identifies a number of sites for development. Key planned developments include large residential areas to the West and North West, which will create new opportunities and challenges for the city. These new housing developments will require new services to be developed.

Currently, Perth and Kinross Council is in the process of building a new secondary school in Bertha Park, which will be the first new secondary school to be built in Scotland in many years. This will help support our growing population of children and young people.

You can find out about making a Planning Application here and look up Planning applications that have been submitted here.

You can read all about future land use and the Local Development Plan process here.

Independent Planning advice can be obtained from PAS

Services: The people the commissioners spoke to repeatedly mentioned having to explain their situation several times to several different people. They also mentioned not knowing what services are on offer or what choices they have. The bureaucracy associated with getting help was identified as a barrier.  The language services are provided in is also a significant factor in people’s willingness to seek them.

Double Dykes

Double Dykes site has 20 pitches with purpose built self contained 4 apartment (3 bedroomed) chalets with all facilities. There has been site provision here for several decades, formerly with tenants using their own caravans to reside in. Historically, this area was used frequently by Gypsy/Travellers prior to being formalised as a local authority site. They also have a separate utility building which was retained following the introduction of chalets for the benefits of tenants‟ use as a storage facility. Residents can park a touring caravan on their pitch. Rent is £94.55 per week and there is a Site Manager based on site. The new chalets first went on site in October 2007. There is a portacabin on site and this facility provides a local base for health, education, tenants meetings and for general support or social activities. Residents may be absent from site for 13 weeks to allow for travelling although there is not much take up of this provision. The site is located on Council land on the edge of Perth and near to the industrial estate in a rural type setting. The original residents identified the use of this ground as most appropriate when provision was established as above. The Site Manager undertakes all management issues on the site and can assist tenants with reporting of repairs, which are undertaken in line with all mainstream tenancies, and indeed any other matter the residents wish assistance with including complaints. A Tenants Association exists on site.

Better Connected: Services, Transport and Digital Lives

The availability of more services and information online, whilst helpful for some, creates an additional barrier for those who do not have the require skills or access to technology.