West Berkshire Council

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

Identifying potential land for housing and economic development in West Berkshire

We need to maintain an up-to-date picture of the amount of land that is available for new development, including land for housing and economic development.

The HELAA will help in the preparation of the new Local Plan (to cover the period to 2036) by identifying potential sites for new homes, employment and other land uses. It will show which sites are being promoted for development at a particular time and and will be updated regularly. The HELAA will replace the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment which identified potential sites for new homes as part of the Local Plan (2006-26). 
pdf icon methodology [612kb] has been agreed with other Berkshire authorities to help achieve a common approach.

The HELAA is a technical assessment, not a policy-making document. It will not make recommendations on which sites should be developed but will make a preliminary assessment of their suitability and potential. The information we gather from this process will help inform our new Local Plan which will allocate sites for housing and economic development to cover the period up to 2036.

Call for sites from 23 December 2016 to 31 March 2017

We are now inviting landowners, developers and others to submit potential development sites for us to consider as part of our HELAA.

If you would like to submit a site to us to consider for development, please download and complete the pdf icon Call for Sites form [215kb]

Please read the guidance notes on the form and provide as much information as possible to ensure your site proposal can be carefully considered. A separate form will be needed for each site. Information on submitted sites will be publicly available and cannot be treated confidentially.

Please note that sites that may have been previously submitted to us will now need to be submitted afresh with updated information.

The period for submission of sites is 23 December 2016 to 31 March 2017. Although it will be possible for sites to continue to be submitted after this time, they may not be able to inform the next Local Plan. They can however be considered again in future updates to the Local Plan or by parishes preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans.  

Please note that the identification of sites does not imply that the council considers that the site is suitable for development, either now or in the future.  It cannot be taken as representing either an intention to allocate these sites, or as a material consideration in the determination of a planning application.  Potential sites that have been identified in the HELAA will be further tested through the Local Plan-making process including Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment, several stages of public participation and independent examination. Sites will only be allocated through the new Local Plan.

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