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 latest HELAA reports, HELAA 2017-2018 and an Interim HELAA Report (Jan 2019) which included all sites submitted prior to 31 October 2018, are available to view on the Council’s website. The Council submitted its emerging Local Plan (Our Local Plan: 2033) to the Inspectorate for Examination on 18 January 2019 and the Hearings took place in autumn 2019. The timetable for receiving feedback from the Inspector is currently unknown and information regarding the next steps can be found on the Council’s Examination matters and documents page.
The next review of the HELAA will be published spring/summer 2020, and will include all sites submitted prior to 31 January 2020. 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 on the Council’s Examination Library alongside other evidence-based documents and technical studies.