Demographic Research

Housing Needs

The council has undertaken research to inform the number and type of new homes that will be required in the future. In accordance with national policy requirements, this has included a review of demographic trends which takes into account natural change, net migration and changes to household composition.

The borough’s housing needs have also been informed by the requirements of the local economy and the labour market, future affordable housing needs, and whether there is any unmet need in other Local Authority areas. This work is summarised in the Housing Needs Assessment which can be viewed below.

The council published Strategic Housing Market Assessments in 2014 and 2015. These considered the borough’s broader housing needs, including the size and type of dwellings that are likely to be required. They take into account the findings of the Rural Housing Study (2009) which considered housing need in the borough’s rural areas.

Rural Housing Study

The Rural Housing Study was commissioned in 2009 in order to undertake an assessment of current and future demand for market housing and need for affordable housing in the rural area of the borough.

The study formed part of the adopted Local Plan evidence base, and informed the development of the rural housing policies in the Plan.

The study was undertaken in line with Government guidance on housing needs assessments, and the relevant requirements of the CLG Strategic Housing Market Assessment Practice Guidance (2007).

The study consists of a household survey (representing the views of some 4000 households), a housing market survey and secondary data analysis (such as Housing Register data). The rural part of the borough was broken down into ten sub-areas in order to provide a more location specific assessment of housing across rural Basingstoke and Deane. The study sets out key findings and recommendations on issues including the housing market, demographic change, migration, future housing requirements, and black and ethnic minority needs.

The Rural Housing Study is available to download below.

This document should be read in conjunction with other relevant housing strategies, which can be viewed on the Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2013/18 webpage.

PDF document Rural Housing Study (PDF) [3 Mb]

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