Why do I need to read this guide?

Not every neighbourhood plan will focus on housing in enough detail for a housing needs assessment to be necessary. However, for those that do, the Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) guide has been written to assist you with the process.

The housing needs assessment guide explains what is involved in undertaking a HNA and what data and resources will be required to complete the assessment.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • What a housing needs assessment entails at the neighbourhood level
  • Which data may be required in undertaking a housing needs assessment
  • How to recognise different types of housing tenure required

When should I read this guide?

You may wish to read the How to assess and allocate sites for development guide.

Further reading

Because housing needs assessment work and site assessment work are often done concurrently, you may wish to read the ‘How to assess and allocate sites for development‘ guide.


A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been prepared and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG)  currently being prepared by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This toolkit has not yet been updated to reflect any changes. Please be aware of this when reading this document.

How to undertake a Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) (6.3MB pdf)