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Strategic housing market assessment

Strategic housing market assessment

The production of a strategic housing market assessment is set out as a requirement within the National Planning Policy Framework:

Local Planning Authorities should have a clear understanding of the housing requirements in their area. They should prepare a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) to assess their full housing requirements, working with neighbouring authorities where housing market areas cros administrative boundaries. The SHMA should identify the scale and mix of housing and the range of tenures that the local population is likely to require over the local plan period that:

  • meet household and population projections, taking into account migration and demographic change
  • address the need for all types of housing, including affordable housing and the needs of different groups in the community
  • cater for housing demand and the scale of housing supply necessary to meet this demand

The completion of the SHMA will help in:

  • developing a sound approach to planning policy for the mix of different sizes and types of households in an area
  • identifying a required level of affordable housing and deciding how evidence of housing need translates into different sizes and types of affordable housing
  • making decisions on issues like affordable housing allocation priorities, private sector renewal options and the valuation of new-build home ownership schemes such as shared ownership
  • building an understanding of the different housing markets operating in the borough

There are two SHMA documents – one covering the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area and a local report covering the Housing Market in Chesterfield Borough. These are available to download below.

North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Strategic Housing Market Assessment Report (pdf 2.21 MB)
Chesterfield Strategic Housing Market Assessment Final Report (pdf 3.23 MB)

Last updated on 11 July 2017