The purpose of an SHMA is to provide evidence on housing need and demand across an area in terms of affordable and general housing, identify housing requirements of specific groups and the appropriate mix of housing required.
The first SHMA was produced in 2008 and was updated in 2010. This identified that the provision of an additional 676 affordable dwellings per annum would be needed if all the affordable housing needs in the district were to be met.
A new SHMA was published in October 2014. See further information on Strategic Housing Market Assessment >>