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Household Projections and Housing Need in West Somerset and the Exmoor National Park Dec 7

We have just completed a series of reports examining the implications of 2012-based household projections in the context of the changing demographic and housing market dynamics of these areas.

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West Somerset and the National Park have large proportions of older populations - especially through inward migration - but 2012-based projections have indicated a slowdown in such movement which is reinforced by recent data. It is undertain whether recent patterns represent longer term trends and, for West Somerset, the building of Hinkley Point C will have an impact on the housing market which is yet to be quantified.

CPRE Research Report on Objectively Assessed Housing Need is now available Dec 7

The outcome of this collaborative project with Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design is now available on CPRE's website at http://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/housing-and-planning/housing/item/4145-smarter-shmas-a-review-of-objectively-assessed-need-in-england The report is accompanied by a summary produced by CPRE which is available at: http://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/housing-and-planning/housing/item/4158-set-up-to-fail-why-housing-targets-based-on-flawed-numbers-threaten-our-countryside

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The report provides a critical review of how OAHN has been established under the NPPF; includes 5 detailed case studies of how local authorities have arrived at their housing provision targets; summarises a series of interviews with industry experts, and provides guidance for CPRE volunteers involved in Local Plan Examinations. The report is highly critical of official guidance on methodology and raises questions concerning the objectivity of determining OAHN.

The Need for Housing: Providing the Evidence Base for Effective Neighbourhood Plans Oct 13

We've just completed a Housing Needs Survey for the parish of Marton in Cheshire East and have been commissioned to deliver a Housing Needs Assessment and Housing Needs Survey of over 1,400 homes in Stapeley and Batherton in the same district.

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These 2 commissions reflect the skills and expertise available at Housing Vision to support the development of effective Neighbourhood Plans:

  1. The delivery and analysis of household surveys assessing the need for affordable and market housing in small areas;and
  2. Local assessments of the future need for housing over a 20 year period using secondary data.
    Official data is only available at local authority level, but our local Housing Needs Assessments offer demographic modelling of the future need for housing at such small area levels as villages or neighbourhoods.

    Update to the St Albans City and District Housing Needs and Housing Market Assessment - webcast now available Jun 17

    We have just completed an update to the 2013 HNA providing revised migration and affordability data; additional research in relation to households with specialised needs; modelling of 2 further demographic scenarios and analysis of 2012-based ONS/CLG population and household projections.

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    This substantial Update included modelling of the implications for housing need of a 10 year migration-led demographic scenario and of the implications for population and household growth of constraining housing development to only 250 homes per year. The main findings were presented to the Council's Planning Policy Committee on 15th June and a webcast is available here: http://www.stalbans.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/175805

    New Housing Project for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Jun 2

    Housing Vision has been appointed to undertake a review of the 'Objectively Assessed Need' (OAN) methodology for determining housing numbers in Strategic Housing Market Assessments in England.

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    CPRE has been concerned for some time that the OAN methodology is disadvantaging rural areas. Working with Jon Herbert at Tibbalds Planning and Urbam Design, we will be undertaking a through review of the methodology and underpinning Guidance, making recommendations for improvements and providing support to CPRE branch members involved with Local Plans.