DCA have completed 17 single authority and sub-regional Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA) and have supported 12 authorities at Core Strategy, all of which have been found to be sound. DCA also have the capacity to undertake Viability Assessments.

An SHMA will provide the robust evidence base, particularly with regard to the future balance of supply and demand in terms of tenure, type, size and location and affordability, to inform local development plans. The analysis has to be robust since proposals for tenure and type mix will be scrutinised and potentially challenged at LDF Examination.

Our SHMA's provide a robust evidence base in the development and future refinement of local authorities' Local Housing Strategies. It will inform the development of community care services, private rented sector housing policy, Community strategy, and other local housing partnership strategies.

The whole purpose of having a good evidence base is to ensure that policies and programmes address priority needs, to deliver better outcomes and are used to target resources and determine spending priorities.


  • Dudley Housing Survey
  • Bury Housing Survey
  • Lancaster SHMA
  • West Oxfordshire SHMA Update
  • Newcastle and Gateshead SHMA
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If you have recently received one of our survey questionnaires, you may have seen the padlock symbol.

The Information Padlock Signpost was designed by the Information Commissioner to alert people to the fact that their information is being collected

The Commissioner actively encourages use of the Padlock Signpost, and it should direct people to sources which will clearly explain how their information is to be used. DCA's data protection number is Z4683342 and you can view our details by entering this on the ICO website

What will the information I provide be used for?

Data is gathered in DCA surveys for social research purposes. Most of our surveys are designed to study the housing / accommodation needs of particular groups. The information you provide will not be used to identify you or your household.

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