Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

3 April 2014

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for Oxfordshire was published in March 2014. It concludes that up to 93,560 – 106,560 additional homes are needed across Oxfordshire in the period 2011-2031 (between 4,678 – 5,328 homes per annum). This is based on meeting the housing need identified, supporting committed economic growth (including the City Deal) and improving housing affordability as required by Government.

The assessed housing need at a local authority level is set out in this table.


Housing Needed per Year (2011-31)

Housing Need Per Year (Net) Midpoint of Range





1200 – 1600


South Oxfordshire

725 – 825


Vale of White Horse



West Oxfordshire

635 – 685



4678 – 5328



The SHMA provides a starting point by identifying the level of housing need. There is a significant level of further work to do to test whether this can be accommodated, to identify where housing should go, and to plan for the supporting infrastructure investment which will be needed to ensure that growth is sustainable. This further work will refine the overall level of housing provision which needs to be planned for, and how this is distributed to different parts of Oxfordshire.

The full SHMA report is available on this link.

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