Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) and Brownfield Land Register
Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment
The Council, in its role as a local planning authority, has prepared a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) in accordance with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and national Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).
The HELAA informs the monitoring of housing delivery, development land supply and the annual review of the Brownfield Land Register. Specifically, the HELAA provides a survey and analysis of existing and potential housing and economic development land, including an assessment of the suitability, availability and achievability of potential housing sites.
The HELAA replaces the 2017 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and incorporates the assessment of deliverable five year housing supply for the 2018-2023 period, and can be downloaded via the following link:
HELAA Report 2018.pdf
HELAA Annexes 2018.pdf
Brownfield Land Register
In April 2017, the Government published regulations requiring Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to prepare and publish a Brownfield Land Register by 31 December 2017, and to review it each year. The Register provides publicly available information on previously developed (brownfield) sites in Redcar & Cleveland which offer realistic potential for housing development. The purpose of the Brownfield Land Register is to encourage investment on brownfield land by providing certainty to local authorities, developers and communities and simplifying the planning application process.
Brownfield Land Registers consist of a Part 1 and a Part 2. Part 1 provides details of all sites included in the register. Part 2 list those sites which have also been granted Permission in Principle (PiP), which is similar to an outline planning permission. Subject to undertaking prior consultation, local planning authorities have the power to grant permission in principle on any site in Part 1 of the Register. Where PiP is granted, an application would still need to be submitted to the LPA, for a Technical Details Consent. The regulations include the following criteria which need to be met for sites to be entered onto the Brownfield Register:
- Sites must meet the definition of previously developed land as set out in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2018);
- At least 0.25 hectares in size or capable of accommodating a minimum of 5 dwellings;
- Suitable for residential development: this means the land has planning permission for housing or housing-led development; or has been allocated for such development in a Local Plan; or is considered appropriate for such development by the Council;
- Available for residential development: this means that there is no impediment to development in terms of either ownership issues or legal constraints on the land; and
- Residential development of the land is achievable: the land is likely to be developed within 15 years of being entered on the register.
The initial brownfield land register for Redcar & Cleveland was published in December 2017. The register has been updated to 2018 and can be viewed via the link below:
The Register comprises a spreadsheet arranged and populated in accordance with the Government's published Data Standard, supported by digital mapping information. It includes links to site plans (in the 'SitePlanURL' column), and from existing planning permissions (in the 'PlanningHistory' column). Some of these sites have also been included as allocations in the Redcar & Cleveland Local Plan (see links in the SiteInformation column).
Following completion of the HELAA, the Brownfield Register is now under review, including giving consideration to granting Permission in Principle on appropriate sites.
Document Review and Site Submission Process
The HELAA and the Brownfield Land Register will be reviewed by the Council each year. If you wish to suggest any potential development sites for inclusion in the next review, please complete a Site Submission Form, which can be accessed here.
For inclusion in the HELAA, sites should, as appropriate:
- be capable of accommodating at least 5 additional residential dwellings; or
- for economic development sites, be at least 0.25 hectares in size or capable of providing at least 500 square metres of commercial floorspace.
It should be noted that the HELAA is NOT a policy or decision-making document. It is a basic technical study to identify the potential for housing or employment development. Therefore, the inclusion of any site in the document does not mean that a site would be allocated for development through a local plan review, nor does it imply or guarantee that planning permission would be granted or recommended should a planning application be submitted.