Providing the evidence base for local housing need and demand assessments

By: Sarah Monk, Anna Clarke, Fiona Lyall Grant  Published: October 2011

This research explores how local planning authorities are determining their future housing requirements for both market and affordable housing in the current changing planning context. The planning system is facing significant reform and it is vital that accurate measurement of housing need and demand retains a central role.


This research was commissioned and conducted while housing and planning policy was going through a significant amount of change. As yet, there are no statements on whether new guidance will be issued to ensure consistent assessments of housing need, on the new areas of neighbourhood planning or on the duty to co-operate. The research captures a ‘snapshot’ of time and aims to feed into how future guidance on estimating future housing requirements might develop to support local authorities in their duty to assess housing need and demand within the new policy context.