Detailed needs assessments

Housing, Transport and the Environment

Air quality


Housing and planning

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was undertaken in 2017 to provide evidence on the need for all types of housing in Swindon. The document provides the evidence to support the delivery of housing in the Borough through the Swindon Local Plan, and contains information on the current and projected population, the economy and housing market, housing affordability, affordable housing need, and the housing requirements of specific households.

Swindon Borough’s current Local Plan runs up to 2026. The Council is in the early stages of reviewing the Local Plan to extend the plan horizon beyond 2026. Swindon and Wiltshire local authorities are preparing a Statement of Common Ground which will establish the existence or otherwise of unmet needs for housing or economic development. At this stage in the process no decisions have been made on the future locations for growth and development beyond that contained within the adopted Local Plan.



The natural environment (land, air, water and soil) has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. Access to green space encourages healthy lifestyles and aids mental wellbeing. Protection from pollution keeps people safe from chemical and biological harms, e.g. radon, particulate matter, contaminated water, etc. Climate change is one of the key challenges for Swindon and an overarching priority in securing our natural environment, social well-being and economic future. Potential health impacts of climate change in the UK include heat-wave and cold weather related health problems and deaths; flooding; infectious and vector-borne diseases; sunburn and skin cancer. Many of the measures needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change and improve air quality also contribute towards health and wellbeing outcomes, such as promoting active transport.

In 2018 an Air Quality JSNA for Swindon was published. This investigated the causes of air pollution in Swindon and the impact on health of local residents.



Modern transport has transformed our society and economy. It has enabled us to take advantage of a wide range of dispersed opportunities and to keep in contact with family and friends. Advances in road haulage and distribution methods have stimulated economic growth by helping to provide us with unparalleled consumer choices, a 24-hour society and just-in-time deliveries. At the same time, however, our reliance on the private car and the lorry has led to busier and more congested roads. This, in turn, has resulted in fewer people keeping healthy through walking and cycling, increased concerns with regard to noise and other community aspects, accessibility issues for people who rely on public transport, and environmental impacts such as air pollution and the threat of climate change.

The Swindon Local Transport Plan and Swindon Transport Strategy outline the plans to deliver a vibrant local economy; improve the sense of place; and reduce the need to travel.


Further resources

Latest data for Swindon on a range of indicators related to the natural and built environment are available from the Public Health England Wider Determinants profile and interactive tool.




JSNA Annual Summary – Housing, transport and the environment

The JSNA Annual Summary contains a section on housing, transport and the environment which can be accessed below. This summary page is only updated in March each year.


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