Housing strategy

Housing needs and SHMA

As part of its role in determining the need for new homes (both open market and affordable) we have commissioned with Bedford and Luton Councils’ a sub regional Strategic Housing Market assessment (SHMA) that attempts to predict the growth in housing needed to meet demand for new homes up to 2031.

The study was undertaken to inform local policies on housing and planning and to include the size and type of dwellings needed.

The aim was to identify the functional housing markets that operate within the sub region and profile their key characteristics and trends.

The study has provided an understanding of local housing markets and their main drivers in order to assess the mix of housing required.

For Affordable Housing Guidance, please contact the Strategic Housing Team housing.strategy@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

In line with national guidelines, Central Beds feels that it is essential to have a good understanding of its housing markets. The Strategic Housing Market

Assessment has been commissioned by all Local Authorities in Bedfordshire in order to achieve this objective and provide an insight into the housing market in Bedfordshire.

SHMA Update 2015 (PDF 2.4MB)