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West Somerset Council

Housing Strategies and Policies

Providing the right type of housing whilst providing the right health solutions and supporting the local economy are the themes of the Somerset strategic housing framework 2013-2016. The Framework focuses on 3 priorities to:

  • Increase the supply of affordable housing to support economic growth and development
  • Make best use of the sub-region’s existing housing stock
  • Meet the housing and accommodation related support needs of the sub-region’s most vulnerable and least resilient residents

The Framework is now in need of review, and we have commenced a Countywide consultation (July 12th to September 30th 2017).

Each Somerset district and the County Council have produced housing market profiles that highlight key issues, achievements, opportunities and challenges:

Taunton Deane housing market profile (pdf)
West Somerset housing market profile (pdf)
Countywide profile (pdf)
(profiles for Mendip, Sedgemoor and South Somerset are also available, as well as a more detailed ‘benchmarking report’ that provides additional housing related statistics)

Strategic Housing Framework Conference

A very successful and well attended Strategic Housing Framework conference took place at Taunton Rugby Club on the 12th of July, with over 100 hundred delegates attending.
There were 7 key note speakers and the conference was chaired by Nick Horne Chief Executive of Knightstone HA.  The presentations for each speaker are available below and provide useful additional information concerning the pressures and challenges faced by the local housing market:-
A Goodchild – Hinkley
Colin McDonald – SSHF Review
Justin Gardner – OAN Presentation
Keith House – Taunton Housing Conference
Mark & Tracy – Health & Housing
Nick Horne – KHA
Sonia Furzland – Winter is Coming

There were also 8 workshops to enable delegates to discuss and refine the scope of the Framework. The Workshop Summary is now available for your comments.

We welcome your comments

Do these profiles provide an accurate picture of the current local housing market?
Are you aware of other housing/housing related achievements, opportunities and challenges that we should highlight?
Are some of these challenges more important than others? If yes, please explain why 
Please send your comments to
We hope to publish a revised draft Housing Framework during Autumn 2017.