Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA) are a requirement under national planning policy. They are a key part of the evidence required to ensure the delivery of the right amount of new homes to meet current and future needs of our communities.

SHMA 2017 Update

The 2017 SHMA update considers the objectively assessed need for the district, updating previous assessments to take account of new demographic and economic data. The report provides an assessment of need in the 2011-2036 period.

The updated report takes account of the latest new (2014-based) population and household projections and new (2015) mid-year population estimates. This data was released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) in May 2016 and June 2016. 

In August 2014, the SHMA for Peterborough City Council, Rutland County Council, South Holland District Council and South Kesteven District Council was published. 

The four partner authorities of Peterborough City Council, Rutland County Council, South Kesteven District Council and South Holland District Council are pleased to confirm publication (October 2015) of an update to the Peterborough Sub-Regional Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2014.

The SHMA only assesses our housing needs. It does not take account of any constraints in being able to meet this need. As we progress our respective Local Plans, we will take account of other factors such as sustainability, site availability, infrastructure capacity and environmental designations in formulating our housing target.

The SHMA also looks at the affordability of new homes in the district and makes recommendations about the amount of new homes which may be required to meet specialist housing needs.

The purpose of the SHMA 2015 Update is to take account of the latest Population and Household Projections, and provide a single figure of  'objectively assessed need'  for each of the Housing Market Area (HMA) authorities, this approach accords with National Planning Policy Guidance. The SHMA 2015 Update Explanatory note details this further. The October 2015 SHMA Update should be read alongside the 2014 SHMA. A further SHMA Update was conducted in 2017

South Kesteven - Aspirational Economic Growth Scenario Note 2015

South Kesteven District Council has produced a technical note setting out the housing requirement to support an aspirational economic growth scenario in South Kesteven District. 

Evidence base documents