Land available for development
As part of any local plan process, it is important to have a clear understanding of the land which is potentially available for housing, business and other types of development. It is also important to understand the green areas which are of particular importance to communities.
View available land
You can view where land has been promoted as being potentially available for development and where land has been nominated for consideration as a local green space via an interactive map. A list of promoted land and nominated areas are also available to download.
It should be noted that the act of promoting land as being available for development, or nominating an area for protection as local green space, does not alter the status of the land and there is no guarantee that the land will be found suitable for development or suitable for protection.
Proposed land allocations
In addition, the interactive map also allows you to view the proposed allocations set out in the Draft Local Plan (February 2020), and other information that may be of interest.
A list of the land promoted for potential development can be found in the document below.
A list of the areas nominated for local green space can be found in the document below.
The interactive map can be found using the link below.
Land promoted as potentially available for development
All sites suggested to us are assessed for their potential for accommodating development.
Assessments are set out in a document called the The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). Assessments will be reviewed as a local plan progresses. The most recent assessments are those within the HELAA published in January 2020 which is available to view on the Draft Local Plan consultation page under 'Sites'. The HELAA includes all sites promoted between January 2016 and Spring 2019. Sites submitted after this date will be included in later versions of the HELAA. The site list and map will be periodically updated to include newly promoted sites.
Land nominated for consideration as Local Green Space
National policy provides an opportunity for communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them by designating them as Local Green Space. Areas must meet the criteria set out in national policy and designation must be through either a local plan or neighbourhood plan.
A number of areas have been promoted to the council in the past. These were duly considered, with 8 areas proposed to be allocated as Local Green Space in the Draft Local Plan (February 2020).
The Local Green Space Topic Paper (January 2020) sets out the current assessment methodology and provides site appraisals of the 8 areas proposed in the Draft Local Plan. The Topic Paper is available to view on the Draft Local Plan consultation page under 'Topic Papers'.
In summer 2020, Town/Parish Councils and amenity groups were invited to nominate other areas of green space for consideration. As a result, a large number of areas across the borough were nominated for consideration.
We are currently reviewing each area in line with national policy. As part of this, we are engaging with landowners to ask for their views.
At this time, we have not formed a view as to whether any of the nominated green spaces are suitable for designation. Once we have received input from landowners, we will carefully consider the merits of all areas. A recommendation will be made to the council's Executive later this year as part of the next consultation on the local plan, which we currently expect to be held in the early autumn.