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.
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.