The Sheffield and Rotherham Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2018-2019

This project was a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The study provided a detailed understanding of the housing requirements in Sheffield and Rotherham. It assessed how much market housing and affordable housing is required, as well as exploring a range of questions to support the work of planners in the area.

Previous studies suggested that Sheffield and Rotherham share a common labour market, with important links between the two areas in terms of travel and migration patterns. The final report therefore provides information about housing across the two local authorities, for each local authority, and down to more localised Housing Market Areas.

As part of the study, CRESR undertook a large survey of households to gather information about their current and future housing requirements, along with information about their wider household circumstances and their care and support needs. In addition to this, CRESR looked specifically at student housing, demand for housing in new neighbourhoods, housing in the private rented sector, and the desire among residents to live in the city and town centres.

The final report can be downloaded from the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council website or the Sheffield City Council website. CRESR cannot accept responsibility for the content or functioning of external websites.

Project team

Research Fellow, BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Research Fellow, BA (Hons), PhD
Research Fellow
Research Fellow
Research Fellow, BA, MSc, MA, PhD
Research Fellow, BA (Hons), MA
Director, BA(Hons) DipTP PhD FHEA


Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Sheffield City Council
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