Housing Need and Demand Assessment

The Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) is carried out jointly by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils every five years to inform the decisions made by both councils in relation to housing, homelessness, and specialist provision accommodation, as well as for planning for future housing requirements across the region. 

The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 requires local and strategic planning authorities to plan for land use in their area, including the allocation of land for housing. 

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 places a responsibility on local authorities to prepare a Local Housing Strategy, supported by an assessment of housing need and demand and the provision of related services. 

The HNDA provides a common evidence base to enable these statutory obligations for Aberdeen City and Shire local authority areas to be met. 

The HNDA will be regularly updated and monitored with a full review on a five-year cycle. THis HNDA replaces the previous HNDA prepared for the area in 2017. 

A key element of the HNDA is the estimated number of new build homes required in the future to meet housing need and demand. The HNDA remains a primary element of the evidence base for Local Development Plans and Local Housing Strategies. The HNDA is to be referenced when setting out the workings behind housing supply targets and that these targets are to be included within the Local Housing Strategy. The setting of housing supply targets is not however directly part of the HNDA process. 

You can view the Housing Need and Demand Assessment 2023-28 below: 

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