Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

8 Housing

8.1 National policy[1] requires local planning authorities to use evidence in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) to enable them to set out:

  • The likely overall proportions of households requiring market or affordable housing
  • The likely profile of household types requiring market housing and;
  • The size and type of affordable housing required.

8.2 The Housing Market Area for South Somerset was defined in preparation of the now revoked Regional Spatial Strategy and follows the District boundary[2] . A Housing Market Area Assessment has been prepared jointly with other Somerset Districts resulting in the Taunton and South Somerset Housing Market Areas Strategic Housing Market Assessments (2009). The evidence arising from this assessment is key to the formulation of the policies set out below.

1. Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (2010) [back]
2. The Draft Revised Regional Spatial Strategy For The South West Incorporating The Secretary Of State's Proposed Changes - For Public Consultation July 2008 [back]