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Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)


Purpose of the HELAA

The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is one of the many technical studies that is undertaken to inform the preparation of the Council's emerging Local Plan. It is prepared to ensure that the Council has an up to date understanding of potential land supply in the District and sites which may be able to contribute to meeting development needs.  The HELAA's purpose is to assess the suitability, availability and achievability of sites submitted to the Council for different land uses.

It is important to note that the findings of the HELAA does not represent Council Policy nor does it represent a commitment to develop a site, or indicate that planning permission would be granted should a planning application be submitted on a site featured in the HELAA. The HELAA only identifies whether a site could be developed, not whether is should be. It will be for the Local Plan and the formal planning process to identify and allocate sites for development and to assess and determine any application in accordance with the national and local planning policies.

HELAA Methodology

The Council uses its adopted HELAA Methodology to assess sites and has been prepared in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). Whilst the Local Plan is being prepared the HELAA will be reviewed annually to ensure that the information contained within it is up to date, reflecting the latest information on each site assessed as part of the process.

Submitting a site to the HELAA

The HELAA considers any sites that have been submitted to the Council in any location of the district. In order to meet the 'availability' criteria and to aid the Council in the assessment process, sites should only be submitted by the landowner, or submitted with proof of the landowners willingness. 

We are no longer accepting new sites for the 2017 HELAA review (closing date 30 December 2016). Sites can be submitted for consideration as part of the HELAA 2018 until 5pm on Friday 28th July 2017.  

Sites must be submitted to the Council using the call for sites form which can be downloaded, filled out and submitted to us along with a red edged site plan. This should be submitted to us by e-mail:

The most up to date HELAA Report

The most up to date HELAA report and supporting information can be found alongside the other Technical Assessments for the Local Plan.