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Housing Need in North Herts

Affordability and the Local Housing Market

The demand for housing in the district is high and market cost housing is increasingly out of reach for many households. Households who are without adequate housing and who cannot afford to buy or rent suitable housing in the open market are said to be in housing need. The Council is committed to meeting this housing need through the provision of affordable housing in the district.

You can find out more about affordable housing available in North Herts on our Apply for Housing pages.

Strategic Housing Market Assessments

In order to establish the extent of housing need in the district, and the type of housing required to meet this need, the Council undertakes regular district wide assessments of the local housing market.

A copy of the lastest Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), completed in May 2013, together with previous studies, can be downloaded below.

Housing Needs Study 2002 (445 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Housing Needs Survey Update 2006 (191 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

North Hertfordshire & Stevenage Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2008 (1.64 MB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

North Hertfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update 2010 (527 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

North Hertfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2012 (1.81MB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Parish Housing Needs Surveys

The Council supplements data from the district wide housing needs surveys with more localised information from surveys carried out in individual parishes.

These are conducted in partnership with parish councils and the Countryside Development Agency's Rural Housing Enabler. Recommendations from the most recent surveys can be downloaded below.

Barley (12.6 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Graveley (12.4 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Great Ashby (13.5 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Hexton (15.5 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Knebworth (14.6 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Lilley (12.4 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Offley and Cockernhoe (12.7 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Holwell (28.7 KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.