Housing & Community Evidence

West Somerset Local Plan to 2032 Strategy and Housing Topic Paper January 2015:

This document is a key piece of evidence supporting the housing aspect of the new Local Plan to 2032.

Strategic Housing Viability Assessment (SHVA):

The National Planning Policy Framework requires that local planning authorities should demonstrate that its local plan strategy is viable (NPPF Para. 173 refers).  The full document can be downloaded from the linked SHVA page.

Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA):

Strategic Housing market Assessments describe the characteristics of the housing market within a defined area and set out how well it provides for the population of the area.  West Somerset is covered by two overlapping Housing Market Areas (HMA).   Further details can be downloaded from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment page.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA):

Local Planning Authorities are required by the NPPF to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment in order to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and the likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the plan period for their LPA area. 

Potential development sites can be submitted at any time for assessment and consideration for inclusion in the next annual SHLAA review.  Follow the paragraph heading link to view and download the current West Somerset Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, and also the form for submission of details of potential development sites within the LPA area. 

Please note that this does not include the parts of West Somerset District lying within the Exmoor National Park, which is covered by the Exmoor National Park Authority.

Housing Land Availability Report March 2018:

Annual report containing information on the availability of land housing, current development and completions within the West Somerset Planning Area. 

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment:

A County-wide study carried out, amongst other reasons, to inform the approach of Local Plans to the accommodation needs of the Gypsy and Traveller communities over the period being planned for.  The 2010 study and 2013 update together cover the period to 2032.

Sport and Recreation Facilities Study:

This work provides a clear picture of the existing recreational facilities within the Local Plan area and identifies shortfall in provision.