The council is required to produce a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) to identify a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses.

The assessment of land availability is an important step in the preparation of the Local Plan to 2036 and forms part of the evidence base for the emerging plan. The HELAA includes the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment requirement as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The HELAA is currently made up of:

We have recently started consultation on a new HELAA document. This document includes:

  • revised site assessment methodology - the methodology has been reviewed and capacity assessments have been revised
  • reviewed and updated assessments for previously assessed sites
  • assessment of sites submitted to the council for consideration as potential allocations in the Local Plan during consultation on the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment: Additional Sites 2016 and in the period since then.

To view and download the document and to make comments, please go to the Planning Consultation Portal.