Call for Sites

Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Local Plan

Call for Sites (in connection with the preparation of the Draft Local Plan stage closes Friday, 21 June 2019) 

To make sure we take into account all potential development land we invite submissions from land owners for a wide range of potential sites and uses across both areas. These include: housing, employment, retail, leisure, open space, community facilities and sites for gypsy and travellers. Potential housing sites need to be capable of delivering five or more dwellings and potential commercial sites must be a minimum of 0.25ha (0.62 acres).

*As a guide, one hectare is roughly the size of a football pitch.

The following points are important for all site submissions:

  • The councils will apply a consistent approach to site assessment– in line with the joint SHLAA methodology;
  • Information should be submitted which is relevant to the councils undertaking of a SHLAA site assessment;
  • Information which relates to issues over and above the SHLAA methodology assessment is not required at this stage;
  • There will be further opportunities to submit further, more detailed, site information as the plan progresses and particularly if a site is subsequently proposed to be taken forward. There is, however, no guarantee of this at this stage.
  • The councils do not want to encourage any extra work/expense now which is over and above the SHLAA site assessment criteria, given we are not at the site allocation stage of the plan production, however, if you want to submit extra information it would be at the discretion of the landowner.

Status of Submitted Sites

There are absolutely no guarantees that any site put forward as part of the Call for Sites will be allocated for development in the Joint Local Plan.

A submitted site has no formal planning status, other than its current allocation or designation, or if it already has planning permission for development. This would only change if:

  • it was formally allocated in the Joint Local Plan as a location for some form of development; and
  • following the submission of a planning application it was granted planning permission before the adoption of the Joint Local Plan.

A site owner or prospective developer is still entitled to seek planning permission for development of a site before the Joint Local Plan land allocations are eventually decided upon, whether or not the site was submitted under the Call for Sites.

Finally, any sites allocated for development in the Joint Local Plan would still need planning permission before development could take place.

Call for Sites Submissions

The schedule and maps below set out the sites that have been submitted to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council by August 2018. Please note that at this stage the council is not asking for comments on the suitability of these sites for development. There will be an opportunity for comments to be made should a site be considered for allocation at a later stage of the Joint Local Plan preparation process. At these times, the public will be able to support or object to development and site proposers will have the right to either support or object to the inclusion or omission of their site(s) in the Joint Local Plan.

The contents of the schedule are published in the interest of openness, for information purposes only. It needs to be stressed that publication of this schedule is not a public consultation. The Council has yet to make any decisions about whether these sites should be allocated as future development locations in the Joint Local Plan. Once such decisions have been made, they will then be subject to public consultation, a legal requirement when preparing a Local Plan.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Site Submissions

The Borough Council, as a local landowner, has resolved to respond to the Call for Sites and to submit a list of sites for consideration. A report was approved by Cabinet at its meeting on 12 November 2014. The submission of sites owned by the Council is different to its role as the local planning authority. It does not mean that a decision has been taken to sell or redevelop any of the sites it is proposing to submit, nor has a decision been taken to favourably change their current planning policy status through the Joint Local Plan.

The aim of the Joint Local Plan is not to protect the private interests of a few, including the council’s interests as a landowner, but to plan in the wider public interest. Therefore, the submitted sites will be subject to the same assessments as those put forward by other landowners to ensure that the process is carried out in a fair way, regardless of who owns the land.

The schedule will be updated from time to time.

Relationship with Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The Call for Sites information is used to inform the the strategic housing land assessment and this document records the council's assessment of known sites. It should be noted that the SHLAA may include sites that have not been submitted through a Call for Sites exercise.

Please note any previously submitted Call for Sites to Newcastle-under-Lyme and / or Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been included in the respective Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments of each council. Information which is relevant to the councils undertaking of a SHLAA site assessment is welcome.

If you wish to be kept up to date with the Joint Local Plan process, including public consultation stages and events, please check this website. If you wish to be added to the Joint Local Plan consultation database, please e-mail Planning Policy.

Please do not submit comments on the sites listed in the schedule at this stage. See above on how to take part should a site be proposed for allocation in the Joint Local Plan.

Content of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Schedule of Sites and Site Maps

The information in the schedule sets out:

  • Unique Call for Sites reference number
  • Site address
  • Neighbourhood/area nearest to the site
  • Total site area
  • The proposer's view on what future site uses
  • Whether the land is owned by a private landowner, a public sector body (such as a council) or a third sector body (such as a housing association)

Each site in Newcastle-under-Lyme in the schedule is given a unique Call for Sites reference number, which can be used to identify the site in the "Newcastle-under-Lyme Call for Sites maps" document.

More information about sites submitted for housing development will be included in the next update of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Last updated 28 March 2019

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