The purpose of the Local Housing Market Assessment (LHMA) is to provide a robust evidence base to inform the Local Housing Strategy (LHS) and the provision of affordable housing within the Local Development Plan (LDP). It also informs strategic housing priorities and can also be used as a tool for negotiating affordable housing provision when determining planning applications and allocating Social Housing Grant (SHG).
It is vital that local authorities have a comprehensive understanding of their local housing market and a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions about future housing provision in terms of both market and affordable housing delivery, number of bedrooms required and affordable housing tenure. Therefore all local authorities in Wales are required to carry out a Local Housing Market Assessment (LHMA) every two years.
The LHMA is prepared in line with guidance by the Welsh Government; Local Housing Market Assessment Guide (2006) and supplementary guidance Getting started with your Local Housing Market Assessment (2014). This methodology has also been used to calculate the affordable housing need within the Conwy LDP.
Overall the supply of new housing, particularly affordable housing has not kept pace with demand in Conwy, therefore this latest LHMA has a significantly higher figure than the previous assessment two years ago. This LHMA has identified the need for a total of 1155 additional affordable homes over the plan period (2017-2022), which equates to 231 units per year. This figure is in addition to committed affordable units which currently have planning permission, are allocated in the LDP or within the Social Housing Grant (SHG) programme.
To contact the Housing Strategy Team, or for more information please phone 01492 574225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org