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 2033.
The preparation of the HELAA is a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and is an assessment of a sites suitability. This includes its physical ability to be developed, its availability - the willingness of a landowner to make it available for development, and its achievability. The HELAA determines whether a site could be developed, not whether it should or would be.
It does not represent policy and will not determine whether a site should be allocated or granted planning permission should an application be received. 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.
The HELAA considers sites which are submitted to the Council for consideration by landowners and site promoters. The HELAA will consider a site in any location within the district and the assessment process will take account of a sites location when drawing any conclusions. The HELAA is prepared in accordance with national guidance and the Council’s adopted HELAA Methodology (2015).
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.
Do you have a site that you wish to submit?
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 landowner’s willingness.
The council will be publishing the next iteration of the HELAA will be published in 2018 and prepared to inform the Regulation 19 draft of the Local Plan which will also be published for public consultation next year. This updated HELAA will include an assessment of all sites submitted up until 31st December 2017. Submissions for new sites received after this date will be kept on file and used to inform subsequent reviews of the HELAA.
Sites must be submitted to the Council using the Site submission 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The most up to date HELAA report and supporting information can be found alongside the other Evidence base and technical studies.