Local Housing Strategy 2023-2028 Rural Housing Survey

Closed 6 Jun 2022

Opened 6 May 2022

Results expected 1 Dec 2022


This is one in a series of engagement and consultation surveys to help inform the forthcoming Local Housing Strategy (LHS) 2023-2028.

The LHS will address how, over a 5 year time-frame, East Lothian Council and its partners plan to address the challenges and opportunities for housing and housing related services across all tenures. Listening to the individuals and communities across East Lothian is critical for understanding what issues matter most and how best to move forward.   

We are aware that where you live, the communities you are part of and your personal circumstances, such as health and age, can influence your experience of housing and housing related services. Therefore, the Housing Strategy Team are focusing on a wide range of topics within our engagement series. The subject of this survey is rural housing.

East Lothian Council follows the LEADER definition of rural, whereby a settlement with a population below 10,000 is rural. This means that the entirety of East Lothian, with the exception of Musselburgh, is defined as rural. We also consider rural as a scale, with some areas being remote rural and others small towns.

However, ‘rural’ can mean different things to different people. We, the Housing Strategy Team, want to understand how you believe living in a rural area impacts upon how you live.

To stay updated on upcoming engagement opportunities and to find out more about our work, visit our website at Housing | East Lothian Council or contact us via email at LHS@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Hearing about your housing challenges is vital to us. Thank you for taking part.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Residents' views and priorities
  • Young people's views and priorities
  • Rent
  • Tenant participation
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Children & young people
  • Older people
  • Adult Social Care
  • Community Development
  • Community Planning
  • Local Services
  • Fuel Poverty
  • Equalities
  • Planning & development
  • Town Centre Access
  • Housing provision