Decision details

Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2013

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To highlight the role of the document in demonstrating the housing need in Breckland, and its role in progressing the current Local Plan programme and in the assessing planning applications.


RECOMMEND to Council that the Strategic Housing Market Assessment be adopted.

Reasons for the decision:

To consider the emerging implications arising from the draft Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for the Local Plan.  The Rural East Anglia Partnership SHMA of 2006 (updated in 2010) needed to be replaced.  In order that the Local Plan was robust and stood up to scrutiny, it needed to be based on robust housing market and needs information, which was also required to support planning decisions.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 – Do nothing


Not publishing an up-to-date SHMA and using it to develop the housing number and associated housing policies in the Local Plan would place the Plan at significant risk of being found unsound.  Delays in publishing an up-to-date SHMA would have implications for the Local Plan timetable.


Option 2 – Consider how the SHMA findings would influence housing numbers and policy in the emerging Local Plan.


To recommend that the Cabinet agrees the content of the report which sets out the proposed approach, outputs and reporting for the latest SHMA, and recommend to Full Council that it adopts the SHMA as Breckland Council policy.

Report author: James Heaton

Publication date: 01/08/2013

Date of decision: 30/07/2013

Decided at meeting: 30/07/2013 - Cabinet

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