Strathallan and Strathearn are 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. In regards to other tenures, the percentage of private rented dwellings is above the average for Perth and Kinross with both the percentage total for Registered Social Landlord and Council dwellings being below average for the area as a whole. 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 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. Furthermore average incomes are just slightly below the local average. This larger than average gap between household earnings and house prices leads to affordability in the housing market being more of a concern than would be in some of the other parts of Perth and Kinross. This factor plays a part in the above average percentage of private rented dwellings in the locality, as was detailed above.
The most recent lettings and waiting list information highlighted that within the Strathallan and Strathearn locality the pressure on social housing is below the average level recorded for Perth and Kinross as a whole. This is primarily as a result of falling waiting list numbers across the whole of Perth and Kinross and also a higher number of lets in the area due to the new build properties in Auchterarder, which were completed and let during the previous year.
As with all the localities in Perth and Kinross new build developments continue to be recorded at levels significantly below pre-recession levels. However there have been signs of an improvement in relation to new build housing with the most recent Land Audit report initially showing an increase in completions from 96 dwellings in 2014/15 to 115 in 2015/16.
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.
There are a number of housing developments planned in the area including a 200 more houses in Auchterarder to meet demand in the area.
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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