Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Likely profile of household types requiring market housing

9.37 The SHMA identifies the types of household requiring market housing and developers should take this evidence into account when bringing proposals forward for market housing; the findings for South Somerset are set out below. It is noteworthy that 18% of that demand comes from pensioner households:

Figure 9 Households requiring market housing[1]
Figure 9: Households requiring market housing

9.38 It should be noted that the planning system cannot address the tenure of market housing nor the households who occupy those homes but it can influence size and number of bedrooms and provide for a sustainable and mixed form of development. The NPPF promotes a mix of sizes, types and tenure to meet current and future demographic and market trends and the needs of different people.[2]

Policy HG5: Achieving a Mix of Market Housing

A range of market housing types and sizes should be provided across the district on large sites that can reasonably meet the market housing needs of the residents of South Somerset, based on the evidence from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment or successor documents. The mix should contribute to the provision of sustainable and balanced communities.

On small sites, housing types and sizes should be provided that, taken in the context of existing surrounding dwellings, contribute to that provision of sustainable, balanced communities.


9.39 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy HG5:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Developers and Landowners;
Monitoring Indicators Target
Dwelling size (beds) and type in new market housing developments To deliver a range of market housing that meets the requirements set out in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment or successor documents
1. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Market Areas Strategic Housing Market Assessment Executive Summary 2009 [back]
2. NPPF paragraph 50, March 2012 [back]