The Government publishes a standard methodology for determining housing need that it expects councils to follow. This method suggests a minimum local housing need of around 40,500 homes in the period 2018 to 2038. At present, with existing commitment (including increased numbers on some existing sites) new allocations will need to provide at least 7,800 homes.
The overall housing figure in the draft plan of 44,340 homes includes a 9% buffer to ensure delivery to meet local housing need. Also, to help determine housing needs in more detail, consultants undertook a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) covering Central Norfolk – not only the Greater Norwich area but North Norfolk and Breckland councils as well.