Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2015

What is a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)1 requires Local Planning Authorities to “ensure that their Local Plan meets the full, objectively assessed needs for market and affordable housing in the housing market area” and “identify the scale and mix of housing and the range of tenures that the local population is likely to need over the plan period which meets household and population projections, taking account of migration and demographic change” (paragraphs 47 and 159).

The Darlington Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) calculates the need for both market housing and affordable housing, within the defined housing market area, and considers whether the household types, tenure and size in the current stock, and in recent supply, would meet future needs.

The Darlington Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2015 has been prepared in two parts. Part 1 is the Objective Assessment of Need, including affordable housing needs. Part 2 provides an assessment of the need for housing of specific types to meet particular needs. The Executive Summary covers both parts.