Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Final SHMA Report 

The final report on the Strategic Market Housing Assessment (SHMA) for Oxfordshire has now been published.  It is available for download here (1.7 MB) PDF , including the appendices (1.3 MB) PDF .   The six main local authorities across the county are now reviewing the findings of the assessment and considering how it will affect their areas.

What is the SHMA?

  • A technical study, required by the National Planning Policy Framework, to help local planning authorities understand how many homes will be needed in the period 2011 – 2031.
  • Also considers the housing needs of specific groups such as older people, minority groups and people with disabilities
  • Prepared by professional, independent consultants with a track record of preparing similar studies elsewhere.
  • Replaces the previous SHMA published in 2006

What does it say?

The key headline from the SHMA is an identified need for the provision of between 4678 – 5328 homes a year over the 2011 - 2031 period.  The figures for individual local authorities are set out below:

Housing Needed per Year (2011-31)

Housing Need Per Year

Midpoint of Range





1200 - 1600


South Oxfordshire



Vale of White Horse



West Oxfordshire




4678 - 5328


These figures identify the overall housing needed to support population change and economic growth over the period as well as contributing towards need for affordable housing and reducing affordability pressures across the county.

These figures do not in themselves constitute plan targets they represent an overall assessment of need without applying any limitations such as the supply of land for new development, historic under performance, housing market, infrastructure or environmental constraints. As such each council will consider these numbers alongside other evidence to identify specific policies within development plans

What does it mean for my area?

Overall, our numbers that have come out of the housing market assessment represents a fifth of the average allocation across five councils.  We have published a statement, explaining our position in light of the market assessment being published.

Last reviewed: 21 - 10 - 2014

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