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Telford SHMA now available Jul 12

The SHMA produced for Telford and Wrekin in 2013-14 is now available on the Council's website at: file/3346/strategic_housing_market_assessment_shma

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The SHMA includes specific emphasis on the role of the private rented sector; it considers the impact of population movement in and out of the area and has particular implications for the potential of Telford to meet housing need and demand from the wider West Midlands.

Independent review of SHMA and Local Plan evidence base Apr 24

The Director of Housing Vision, Richard Turkington has been commissioned to provide independent advice to Muller Property, a development and project management company based in Cheshire.

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Community survey commissioned of new uses for a parish church Apr 1

The Worcester Diocese has commissioned Richard Turkington to provide expert advice to set up and analyse a survey of the views of local people concerning the future of St Mary's Church in the expanding vilage of Kempsey.

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The church has an established congregation but there are concerns it may not be sustainable within the next 10 years. This survey seeks to identify the potential of the church to provide facilities for a community which is due to grow rapidly as a result of local housebuilding. This is the second such survey which Housing Vision has co-ordinated.  

Understanding Rural Affordable Housing Mar 19

Richard Turkington presented two workshops at a Rural Affordable Housing Summit at South Staffordshire District Council at the end of February.

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Attended by district and parish councillors, the Summit addressed the problems experienced by local people in accessing affordable housing in the district. Richard's workshop and accompanying report addressed the issue of assessing affordability; Jo Lavis presented a related workshop concerned with assessing housing need. The event was very well attended and received excellent feedback, it provided a model of how to engage with elected members and local people on this sensitive issue. 

Housing Vision delivers its first new style SHMA Jan 14

Commissioned by St Albans City and District Council, a new approach was adopted by providing a detailed and critical review of official demographic projections and an NPPF-compliant assessment of housing need including a range of future scenarios informed by commissioned projections.

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The SHMA Report is now available at the following link:

and a webcast of the initial presentation to Councillors provided by the Director of Housing Vision, Dr Richard Turkington is available at: