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Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

The National Planning Policy Framework requires local planning authorities to “have a clear understanding of housing needs in their area. They should: prepare a Strategic Housing Market Assessment to assess their full housing needs, working with neighbouring authorities where housing market areas cross administrative boundaries.” (DCLG, 2012).

In 2013 the Gloucestershire authorities appointed consultants to update both the previous Strategic Housing Market Assessment in Gloucestershire (published in 2009) and the Housing Needs Assessment across the County undertaken in 2009 (finalised in 2010). The Update was required to inform the prospective development plans being produced in several authorities within the County and to ensure compliance with the NPPF.

In response to the Local Plan Inspector’s Initial Conclusions (June 2014) the Council produced the following additional SHMA evidence base documents:

A final consolidated SHMA was produced at the end of the Local Plan examination, combining the latest evidence into one document: