Housing Policy & Research

To make sure the right type of affordable homes are built in the right places, we research the housing need in Test Valley. This information is used to agree policies which guide the type and location of new affordable homes.

Recent research:

Review of the Housing Evidence Base and Assessed Housing Need to Test Valley, July 2016

This Report considers the housing need within Test Valley and builds on and updates previous analysis such as the Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2013.  The review informs the emerging priorities for the Housing Strategy 2016-2019.

A copy is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Previous research:

Strategic Housing Market Assessment

A new Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)2013, published January 2014 helps to explain the affordability gap in Test Valley to help inform on the bigger picture of housing in Test Valley, including affordable housing.  The report covers a variety of topics including:

  • Housing need.
  • Future population projections.
  • The impact on the type and tenure of housing need.

Click here to view the report.

Home for Growth

The Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) has published Homes for Growth a sub-regional Housing Strategy.  For more information on PUSH visit www.push.gov.uk.

Affordability study

Test Valley Borough Council commissioned housing consultancy firm DTZ, to discover whether the new Affordable Rent tenure of up to 80 per cent of market rent, was affordable for borough residents.


Preventing Homelessness Strategy 2016 - 2019

A revisits preventing Homelessness Review & Strategy was carried out in 2015 and published in 2016.  The Strategy identifies key priorities and was completed following consultation with customers and agencies who work with homeless people and help to prevent homelessness in Test Valley.

Click here to access the Preventing Homelessness Strategy.

Housing Strategy 2016 - 2019

The Corporate Plan 'Investing in Test Valley' 2015 - 2019 sets out the Council's vision and priorities.  The LIVE objective is to 'LIVE where the supply of homes reflects local needs'.  The Housing Strategy is an over-arching document which focuses and co-ordinates a number of other housing related strategies and policies enabling us to continue our drive in delivering the LIVE objectives and addressing the housing needs of Test Valley.

A copy of the Strategy is available to download on this page.

Housing Strategy Action Plan 2016 - 2019

The priorities within the Housing strategy have been translated into the Action Plan 2016 - 2019 which details what the Council plans to do.  The Action Plan will be reviewed annually.

Want to know more?

If you would like further information you can view all the above documents in the download section at the bottom of this page or alternatively you can contact:

The Housing Development Manager
Telephone: 01264 368000