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New resource helps with SHMAs and Duty to Cooperate

11 March 2013

Dr Peter GeraghtyThe RTPI, in partnership with a leading group of housing and planning organisations, has today launched an online resource which can be used by councils to objectively inform their Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs) and help fulfil their statutory obligation to cooperate under the Localism Act.

The resource, called "What Homes Where?", was produced by the Local Housing Requirements Assessment Working Group (LHRAWG), a group that came together in 2011 in response to a call from practitioners for practical support in assessing how many homes were needed in their areas in the context of the new housing and planning framework.

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: "The resource, which provides easy access to ONS and DCLG statistics and projections based on local authority boundaries, provides a starting point and context for informed debate. I very much hope that councillors and officers with the responsibility for housing and planning will consider using it and encourage their neighbouring colleagues to use it also.

It should also be helpful to communities in understanding the basis for housing need that affects their particular areas. It therefore, has a positive role to play in assisting communities make informed decisions."

The LHRAWG includes the Town and Country Planning Association, Shelter, Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning Officers Society, Home Builders Federation, National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing, the Local Government Association, Building and Social Housing Federation, British Property Federation, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Northern Housing Consortium.