Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

We are required to produce a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) in order to have a better understanding of our housing needs. We also need to work with our neighbours when producing it, as housing market areas will often span multiple local council areas. Our housing market area covers Guildford, Waverley and Woking borough councils. The SHMA will help inform our new Local Plan by helping us understand how many homes we need and what type. The joint pdf icon West Surrey SHMA [131kb] brief is available to view. We have now published our final SHMA which replaces our previous draft Guildford SHMA and draft West Surrey SHMA, which are still available to view on our Historical evidence page.

The Joint West Surrey SHMA produced in 2015 remains a key part of our evidence base. We have produced a factual update that sits alongside and complements the Joint SHMA, known as the pdf icon West Surrey SHMA Guildford Addendum Report 2017 [585kb]. It takes into account the latest population and household projections, mid-year population estimates and the economic projections which have been updated in light of Brexit.

We have also prepared a pdf icon Review of Housing Needs Evidence across West Surrey HMA (2017) [654kb], which seeks to bring together the various strands of evidence that now exists across the Housing Market Area (HMA) in relation to the objectively assessed housing need.

In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) it is important to note that the SHMA assesses our housing need only. It does not take account of any constraints in being able to meet this need. As we progress the Local Plan we will take account of other factors such as sustainability, site availability, infrastructure capacity and environmental designations in formulating our housing target. It is important that we have an understanding of the full housing needs of our area as the NPPF states that we should take every opportunity to meet this need. This includes working with our neighbouring councils to see whether any unmet need can be met elsewhere.

Last updated: 10 December 2018 15:25 PM