Sub-Regional Strategic Housing Market
Carrying out a Strategic Housing Market Assessment
(SHMA) is a key requirement of Government’s planning for
housing policy, which was set out in Planning Policy Statement 3
) released in 2006
and is concerned with understanding how housing markets operate.
The Assessment forms an important part of the evidence base for
Local Development Frameworks and policies responding to changing
household requirements. The key difference from past housing needs
studies is the sub regional basis, which reflects the fact
that housing market areas do not respect local authority
This Strategic Housing Market Assessment covers a sub-region of
the West Midlands, an area that encompasses the seven districts of
South Staffordshire, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall,
Wolverhampton, Cannock Chase and Telford and Wrekin.
The assessment is a technical study to determine the location
and amount of market and affordable housing needed and for whom and
in what timescale. The Assessment provides robust evidence on which
local authorities and partner organisations can base planning and
policy interventions that will help deliver better housing for
those living in the region.
The results of the assessment are available in full and as an
executive summary through the links below. We would welcome
any queries or comments you may have.
SHMA Full Report (1.99MB)
Telephone: (01902) 696000