The study looks at how much housing we need across the three boroughs. It sets out an objectively assessed need for each authority and the whole housing market area.
The document is a draft and will be finalised when new CLG household projections are published, expected early in the new year. We have also published a briefing note alongside the Draft West Surrey SHMA to help explain the purpose of the document and how we will use it as we continue to prepare a new Local Plan.
Cllr Stephen Mansbridge, Leader of the Council, says: “The Draft West Surrey SHMA and our work with Woking and Waverley borough councils has helped to provide a clearer picture of the future need for homes. The joint document considers the feedback given on our own Guildford SHMA, which we updated earlier this year. The SHMA does not look at the constraints we face in meeting the housing need.
“There is further work to do as we prepare a new Local Plan for our borough, particularly around flooding and infrastructure. This, together with the new SHMA evidence and other applied constraints, will help us finalise a housing number. We will continue to challenge this figure to achieve the lowest sustainable point possible to pass the Inspectorate’s examination.”
The National Planning Practice Guidance sets out the methodology for producing a SHMA. The approach used by GL Hearn, our consultants, is thoroughly tested and will be again at our Local Plan examination.
You can view the Draft West Surrey Strategic Housing Market Assessment atwww.guildford.gov.uk/shma
To listen to the interview between Stephen Mansbridge the Guildford Borough Council Leader and Susan Parker leader of the Guildford Greenbelt Group click here