As a key part of producing our new Local Plan, we are working with the other Berkshire councils to help achieve a common approach about the way land should be set aside for new homes, new business/employment areas and other uses. The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment, as it is technically known, is the proposed methodology for site assessment. It will help guide how the council decides which of the areas of land put forward for development should actually be allocated in the Local Plan.
Consultation on the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment
A draft Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) methodology has been produced and we are seeking peoples’ views on this during a consultation that will run from Monday 9 May until Monday 6 June 2016. Read the Draft Berkshire Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Methodology (PDF document.)
The HELAA methodology sets out the way we broadly propose to assess the suitability of land put forward for development; whether it is available, achievable and whether the development could realistically be built in the timescales expected.
Should you have any comments on the draft HELAA methodology, please send an email to the Land Use and Transport Team at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016.
This base methodology has been prepared to help achieve a common approach across 5 of the Berkshire local authorities. It is considered impractical to prepare a single HELAA across all relevant local authorities as each is at different stages in the preparation of local plans. Each local authority will follow this base methodology to ensure comparable information is available.
Re-opening of the Call for Sites
The areas of land that will be considered for development include those put forward in a ‘Call for Sites’ consultation that invites individuals and organisations to submit any sites they would like considered for development. The Call for Sites was initially run in January and February 2016, but due to popular demand the Council has decided to re-open the Call for Sites to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to submit a site for potential development.
If you would like to submit a site for the Council’s consideration, use our online Call for Sites feedback form.
Please note: If you already submitted a site in the initial Call for Sites in January/February 2016, you don’t need to re-submit an online survey form.
The Call for Sites consultation will run from Monday 9 May until 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016.
For more information
Contact the Land Use and Transport Team on 0118 974 6478 or by emailing email@example.com