Evidence Base - Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs) are studies to assess the long term need and affordability of housing in the area.

The NPPF requires local authorities to undertake Strategic Housing Market Assessments as part of the evidence base required to inform Local Plans.   A Strategic Housing Market Assessment is not intended to replace housing targets in Local Plans but provide a starting point for developing future long tern housing and planning policies.

National guidance advises that SHMA studies are undertaken jointly with neighbouring authorities to provide a consistent basis for planning and cross-boundary discussions on housing need. The latest SHMA (October 2016) is a joint study undertaken by Justin Gardner Consulting (JGC) and Chris Broughton Associates on behalf of Mendip, Taunton Deane, South Somerset and Sedgemoor Councils.  

The latest Strategic Housing Market Assessment October 2016 can be found Icon for pdf here [3.74MB] and in the documents section at the bottom of the page.