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Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market assessment 2015

Meeting: 22/09/2015 - Cabinet (Item 85)

85 Draft Final Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2015 (Agenda Item 15) pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Report by Charles Carter, Executive Member for Growth.


The draft final Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2015 is attached as a supplement to this agenda.

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The Executive Member for Growth said that a lot of work had gone into the production of this weighty document.  The good news was that the housing requirement had gone down.  He handed over to the Strategic Planning Manager who introduced Nigel Moore from Opinion Research Services who gave Members a PowerPoint presentation on the draft report and its findings (attached for information).


He explained that the report was still in Draft and would be subject to minor changes as it went through each authority’s adoption process.  The Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Assessment (CNSHMA) covered the needs of the central Norfolk area for the whole plan period.  The study calculated the numbers needed for the Housing Market Area and then broke it down for each authority.  The process was easy to explain but difficult to implement.


The presentation summarised all of the factors that were taken into consideration including area, projections, market signals and objectively assessed need (OAN).  Housing Market Areas were a geographical area where people lived and worked and the best fit for Breckland was with the Norwich Housing Market Area (HMA). 


Councillor Cowen felt there was a mismatch between the delivery of homes and the area of need.  There were 6,500 homes due to be delivered in Thetford over the next nine years but they were not in the HMA which was centred on Norwich.


Mr Moore explained that housing market areas could not be split and guidance recommended working to the ‘best fit’ which in Breckland’s case was the Norwich HMA. 


Councillor Borrett understood the concept of ‘best fit’ but felt that there should be a map in the document which covered the whole of Breckland.  He did not dispute the statistical evidence but asked if such a map could be included.  The Chairman agreed and asked for wording to be added to explain that the figures referred to the whole Breckland area.


The Executive Member for Income & Prosperity agreed about the need for a map.  She thanked Mr Moore for his excellent presentation and asked for a copy of the slides to be attached to the Minutes.


Councillor Bambridge thought that a case could be made for taking the statistics of people commuting into consideration, as a large number of people did commute in and out of the District.

The Executive Member for Place noted that there were long timescales under consideration and future Policy might affect the way things were looked at; for instance he thought that Devolution might have an effect.


Mr Moore agreed but said the big issue was social welfare.  Further welfare reform changes were coming and they would have a knock-on impact although they were not likely to have a major impact on Central Norfolk.  He also accepted that people commuted but if that was taken into consideration it would have an effect on the Duty to Co-operate with other authorities.


Councillor Cowen thought there was a link between houses and employment.  There was significant growth in Thetford including  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85