Housing evidence

Five-year housing land supply

In support of the government’s key objective of significantly boosting the supply of housing, it is a requirement of all local planning authorities that they identify sufficient amounts of land for residential development.

The statement below sets out the position of Cheltenham Borough Council with regards to five year housing land supply for the year 2018/19. The statement should be read in conjunction with other supporting papers regarding housing requirement, supply and position regarding five year housing land supply, some of which may have been covered through the Examination in Public of the Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (JCS), 2017.

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (March 2017)

The GTAA provides a credible evidence base which can be used to aid the implementation of development plan policies and the provision of new gypsy and traveller pitches and travelling showpeople plots for the period up to 2031. The outcomes of this study replace the outcomes of any previous GTAAs completed in Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (October 2007)

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments (GTAA) must be carried out by local authorities under the terms of the Housing Act 2004.

Gloucestershire County Council and the county's six local housing authorities agreed to work in partnership to meet their combined duties. Research has led to the publication of a final GTAA that indicates the forecast pitch requirements for Gloucestershire.

Housing Needs Assessement (November 2009)

Local housing authorities are required to produce robust and appropriate housing needs assessments on a regular basis. Gloucestershire's districts commission a single county-wide assessment on a five year rolling programme.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (ongoing)

The assessment of land availability identifies a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses over the plan period. The assessment includes the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) requirement as set out in paragraph 159 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

At any time, sites can be submitted to be included in the next assessment. Submissions should me made via the Cheltenham Plan call for sites call for sites webpage.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (February 2009)

The county council and the six district councils have worked together to produce a Strategic Housing Market Assessment for Gloucestershire (SHMA).

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that "Local planning authorities should have a clear understanding of housing needs in their area. They should prepare a Strategic Housing Market Assessment to assess their full housing needs, working with neighbouring authorities where housing market areas cross administrative boundaries. The Strategic Housing Market Assessment should identify the scale and mix of housing and the range of tenures that the local population is likely to need over the plan period".

To meet the requirements of PPS 3 where this guidance was formally expressed; in 2007 the six Gloucestershire district and borough councils and Gloucestershire County Council jointly commissioned consultants to complete a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for the Gloucestershire Housing Market Area of the South West Region.

Following stakeholder consultation, the suite of SHMA documents was finalised in February 2009. However, an additional chapter (chapter 16) was added in April 2010 to summarise the results and the policy implications of the 2009 Housing Needs Assessment (HNA). The findings of the 2009 Housing Needs Assessment have been incorporated as part of the suite documents that forms the Strategic Housing Market Assessment for the Gloucestershire housing market area. The findings identified in the 2009 Housing Needs Assessment, highlighted in the additional chapter, update and take precedence over the results of the original SHMA and the technical report for the Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment on housing needs and demand.

The SHMA documents are available to download below.

The Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Partnership have produced a management summary which outlines the SHMA process and helps explains the relationship of the component documents. It is advisable to read this first.

The SHMA is an evidence base that will continually evolve. The Gloucestershire SHMA Steering Group will update the SHMA when new and relevant information is available.