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Strategic Housing Market Assessment

The Wider Bristol SHMA (Strategic Housing Market Assessment)

The Wider Bristol SHMA 2015 was prepared by consultants Opinion Research Services (ORS) and covers the unitary authorities of Bristol City, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. It provides the evidence required to inform planning and housing policy over a 20 year plan period of 2016 to 2036 in accordance with Government planning policy and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework 2012 and Planning Policy Guidance).

Volume 1 of the Wider Bristol SHMA, published in June 2015, reported on the full objectively assessed need (OAN).

Volume 2 of the SHMA, published in November 2015, set out technical information such as the need for all types of housing including the breakdown of affordable housing need by tenure and type.

ORS were commissioned to refresh the Wider Bristol SHMA evidence and an update to Volume 1 was published in March 2018. An update to Volume 2 was published on 8 March 2019.

As the most up to date evidence on affordable housing need, SHMA 2019 Volume 2 is considered a material consideration of some weight as part of determining planning applications and delivery of the council’s statutory housing functions.

These reports are available under the downloads section of this page.

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