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Employment Led Housing

Contrary to opinion, Devizes property is not expensive when compared with housing costs in adjoining areas.  The table below has been extracted from the Home.co.uk web site:

Location

House Price

Percentage of Devizes Price

Devizes

£201,456

100%

Wiltshire

£211,478

105%

Somerset

£228,468

113%

Hampshire

£280,833

139%

Oxfordshire

£295,444

147%

Dorset

£315,430

157%

Berkshire

£320,004

159%

Current (Nov 2011) Average House Prices for 3 Bedroom House

The limit on mortgage borrowing is a multiple of the applicants’ earnings.  It is clear that Devizes residents who cannot afford housing have below average earnings.  This in turn reflects the type of jobs available in the town.

The DCAP 2011 Survey showed that 43.2% of residents in employment travelled more than 10 miles to get to their place of work and 36.2% spent half an hour or more travelling to work.  These findings together with the lower Devizes house prices confirm the wide spread belief that Devizes is becoming a commuter dormitory town. 

Many commuters shop near their place of work.  27.3% of all respondents shop outside of Devizes each week.  75.3% of residents who shop in other towns do so because they require a wider choice of shops.  These are the unwanted consequences of the lack of well-paid employment opportunities.  

Further early housing development will only accelerate this undesirable process.  The future growth of the Town and its surrounding villages should be the result of demand created by a growing, talented, well paid, locally employed workforce revitalising Devizes as a market town.  Housing should be provided to attract entrepreneurs and the skilled work force that they require to meet the Economy opportunities identified in this Plan.  Responsibility for the growth of Devizes’ economy lies primarily with Wiltshire’s Economic Development & Strategic Planning Department with local support from the Devizes Development Partnership, the Devizes Chamber of Commerce and DCAP Itself.

This artcle is an extract from the Devizes Community Area Plan

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