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Please find detailed below, information relating to the SHLAA process and how to nominate sites for inclusion within the future housing land supply of the Borough.
Prior to publication of the 2011/12 SHLAA and commencing the first stage of public consultation on the Site Allocations and Policies Development Plan Document, a Draft 2011/12 SHLAA has recently been subject to a focused consultation with development industry stakeholders. A key purpose of this consultation has been to use the experience of the development industry, to test the assumptions, judgements and findings of officers in relation to the delivery and capacity of respective sites identified in the Draft SHLAA 2011/12 (not published). The results of this part of the consultation, which formally ended on the 5th April, will be available in due course. The Stakeholder Consultation Document and associated Consultation Response Form can be viewed below:
Since the publication of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, it may be that further parcels of land with potential for housing development that could be considered as options have become available. The Council would welcome nominations for sites to be included within the identified future housing land supply of the Borough, subject to assessment.
Through the SHLAA sites will be assessed in regards to their suitability for inclusion within the future housing land supply of the borough. The inclusion of sites within the future housing land supply, does not formally allocate a site for development. This is the role of the Site Allocations and Policies DPD; a site being judged suitable for residential development through the SHLAA is the start of the process.
The SHLAA forms part of the Local Development Framework evidence base and will feed into the production of Site Allocations and Policies DPD. The most appropriate and deliverable sites within the future supply may be taken forward for wider consultation as part of the site allocations process.
Site nominations are welcome as the SHLAA is a rolling programme and updating the SHLAA will form an integral part of the Annual Monitoring Report process.
If you are aware of a site of more than 0.1ha that may have potential for housing development then please download and complete the Site Nomination Form (below) and email it to email@example.com or post hard copies to:
Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council, Planning Policy Business Unit, Merrial Street, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2AG
In addition to the form please provide a 1:1250 site plan with the site boundary clearly marked.
Please note that site nominations continue to be accepted, but any submitted post 31 March, 2012, will not be included in the 2012/13 SHLAA update. Any such nominations will be considered the next annual review of the SHLAA. The 2012/13 SHLAA update will be published in August 2012 together with the final Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan Issues and Options Paper.
It will also be possible to make site nominations during the forthcoming Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan Issues and Options consultation process, which is scheduled to begin on the 6 August and end on 1 October 2012.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments are required by national planning policy, as set out in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (PPS3). The aim is to ensure that land availability is not a constraint on the delivery of the Government's priority to build more homes.
The objective of an Assessment is to provide robust information on potential housing sites to assist:
The inclusion of each site within this assessment does not suggest that the Council will consider planning applications favourably. Similarly, it will not determine the allocation of land for housing development. Rather, the SHLAA is intended to inform the preparation of the Site Allocations and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD). It will be the role of the Site Allocations and Policies DPD to allocate land for housing.
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2010, for Newcastle-under-Lyme can be viewed by following the links below.
Tips to finding sites in the SHLAA
To view a SHLAA site use the Find function by holding the 'CTRL' and 'F' keys down simultaneously when the PDF is open.
Appendix 8 provides an Index of Sites that potentially form the future housing land supply of the Borough, together with page references for maps and individual site information. The sites are grouped according to the housing monitoring divisions within the Borough.
Maps of excluded sites are contained within Appendix 7.
In preparation for the initial assessment approximately 260 letters were sent out to stakeholders to encourage them to identify sites. In addition to this a desk based study was carried out to identify sites that were potentially suitable for inclusion in the Assessment. The following sources of information were used:
A total number of 463 sites were identified. Sites excluded at an early stage were those located in the functional floodplain, in the middle of an employment site, or identified as possessing essential recreational facilities. All remaining sites were surveyed and notes made regarding a) their general suitability for housing, b) physical constraints and c) the estimated capacity of each site.
The 2008 Summary document reviews the results produced by the initial survey undertaken by the Borough Council. This document was intended to inform those who contributed to the process and other interested parties.
2008 SHLAA Summary Document (390 Kb)
The methodology document was prepared in February 2008 and sets out how the borough council intended to carry out the Assessment. The section relating to Stage 3 of the Assessment was revised following comments received during the consultation period.