Independent Housing Numbers Study

In February 2013 the Council received the Inspector's recommendations relating to the Council's 2012 Core Strategy Submission Draft. This clearly identified a need for the Council to undertake further work with its neighbouring authorities to discharge its Duty to Cooperate, with a specific focus around housing need and demand.

In May 2013, the Council, alongside Warwick District Council, Rugby Borough Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, jointly commissioned GL Hearn planning consultants to undertake a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (or SHMA for short) for the Coventry and Warwickshire area.  

This study has now reported and is available to view - joint SHMA. The final executive summary and appendices are also available to view.

Following the publication of new population data by the Office for National Statistics in June 2014, the six Coventry and Warwickshire authorities jointly commissioned GL Hearn to undertake an Annex to the Joint SHMA to consider the impacts of this new population data. View the SHMA report.

Both aspects of the study have been undertaken on an independent basis and provide recommendations around the objectively assessed need for new homes within Coventry and Warwickshire. The study is a technical evidence document and responds to the requirements of national guidance.  

The study will support the development of the city’s new Local Plan and will be considered alongside other technical evidence including: 

  • land availability;
  • green belt assessments;
  • flood risk;
  • biodiversity analysis;
  • historic environment data;
  • economic growth prospects;
  • analysis of transport and other infrastructure; and
  • development viability.

Alongside consideration of additional evidence, the Council will continue to work constructively and on an on-going basis with neighbouring authorities and other interested parties in developing its new Local Plan.

The Council also recognises the importance of fully engaging with the people of Coventry in order to seek their views about housing needs and wider development requirements relating to both the built and natural environment.

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