Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2013 (SHMA) in Echo Today

October 4, 2013 by  

shma72,000 more homes by 2031 says report

  • A key factor is the number of people moving to the area from neighbouring London.
  • 4,200-8,100 more houses in Rochford District by 2031 required

Read the full Article here.


AS many as 72,800 homes may have to be built across south Essex in the next 20 years, a report seen by the Echo suggests.

The Thames Gateway Partnership report says Basildon, Castle Point, Southend, Rochford and Thurrock might have have to find land to build that number of homes to meet demand from a fast-growing population.

The Echo has seen a leaked copy of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment Review for 2013, setting out housing demand as far ahead as 2031.
The figures are based on population trends, employment and commuting patterns, land already allocated for homes, and previous Government targets.

The document suggests:
• Between 5,500 and 17,000 new homes will be needed in Basildon borough
• 1,700-9,000 in Castle Point
• 4,200-8,100 in Rochford District
• 5,400-20,700 in Southend
• Between 16,500 and 22,000 in Thurrock.

If the biggest estimates were to prove correct, that could mean a total of 72,800 new homes between the coast and the out-skirts of London.

A key factor is the number of people moving to the area from neighbouring London boroughs, such as Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge.

Basildon Leader Councillor Tony Ball said “I told our full council meeting I was not going to play the game of number-crunching. It is about the needs of local people.


Independent Councillors John and Christine Mason have been warning residents of Rochford District for months with a series of Articles that this was coming.

(The last draft of the SHMA they saw was in January which was marked CONFIDENTIAL.)

The latest draft now been leaked. But it was to be published by 18 November anyway because the TGSE has a Housing Strategy Forum on 18 November !!

There was no comment in the Echo from Rochford District Council.  Why?

The Census 2011 we published shows that we do not need to increase the housing build rate in Rochford District and we need more starter homes and more retirement accommodation in what we are building rather than estates of 3,4,5 bedroom houses.

Will Rochford District Council agree that is only about the needs of local people?  Now is the time to stand up and be counted.

As Independents we will fight any increase in the build rate and loss of green belt.


Councillor Michael Hoy (Hullbridge) and Councillor John Mason (Hawkwell West) put a Motion to  to Full Council on 27 July 2010 for a local housing needs study. You can read more about it here.

“Pursuant to the Parliamentary Statement made by The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 6 July 2010, this Council agrees to carry out a housing needs study for Rochford District and adjust the housing allocations proposed in the Core Strategy to satisfy the minimum needs of our community.”

The Conservatives in Rochford voted against a Motion which is now in 2013 adopted by the Conservative Leader in Basildon (It is about the needs of local people).

And Conservative run Castle Point is not happy with the housing numbers demanded.


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