Strathallan and Strathearn is home to over 9,500 residential dwellings with an average household size of 2.20. Owner occupation is the predominant form of tenure within the locality accounting for over 70% of all dwellings. One reason for the above average percentage of private rental dwellings is that the area as a whole has on average houses priced above both the local average. This means that affordability is more of a concern within the locality than it is in some of the other localities, which results in more people being housed in the private sector.
House Condition Survey
Households living in the Strathallan and Strathearn locality are more likely to live in fuel poverty than in all other parts of Perth and Kinross, apart from the Highland area, with 31.2% of all households living in fuel poverty. This is mainly down to some of the more remote parts of the locality not being connected to mains gas and also an above average concentration of older harder to heat dwellings. These results are set against an average of 22.3% for Perth and Kinross.
The recent Housing Needs and Demand Assessment (HNDA) identified that with a median house price of £176,500 the Strathallan and Strathearn locality was above the average recorded for Perth and Kinross as a whole, affordability in the housing market being more of a concern than would be in some of the other parts of Perth and Kinross.
Affordable transport is an issue for many people in the locality particularly for those who live in the smaller villages surrounding Crieff and Auchterarder. It is often hard for people especially young people to access services in Perth at particular times of day.
The A85 Trunk Road which runs between Perth and Oban goes through the centre of Crieff. This has been highlighted as a concern for local residents, as lorries and farm vehicles driving frequently through the High-street create noise and congestion. Crieff High Street has been identified as a low-emission zone meaning the council and other stakeholders will set out actions to improve air quality.
There is need for a mid-sized supermarket in the locality, although there are a number of local grocery stores currently locals need to go to larger supermarkets outside the local area or shop online.
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