The SHMA is a technical study intended to help the Oxfordshire local planning authorities understand how many homes will be needed in the period 2011 – 2031. It also considers the housing needs of specific groups such as older people, minority groups and people with disabilities and what housing growth will be needed to support the economy.
The Oxfordshire SHMA was commissioned jointly by all the Oxfordshire district councils supported by Oxfordshire County Council and published in 2014.
The housing figures included within the SHMA constitute an objective assessment of housing need in line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework. These figures do not in themselves constitute plan targets but district councils must demonstrate how they have considered the conclusions of the SHMA in their Local Plans and justify why they may have deviated from those conclusions.