Joint Local Plan Archive

This page sets out the evidence which has been undertaken to inform and support the Joint Local Plan and should be read in the context of the information presented on the Joint Local Plan webpage. Please note that five evidence documents have  been added to the Joint Evidence section on this page to support the Preferred Options Consultation. These are the Green Belt Assessment 2017, the Preferred Options Sustainability Appraisal Report 2017, and Preferred Options Technical Papers for: Employment; Housing; and Green Belt, please see below.

Older evidence documents that were used to inform the Local Development Framework can be found on the Planning Policy Evidence (pre-Joint Local Plan) page.

Please note that none of the evidence listed on this page constitutes Council policy or local planning policy. These are evidence documents that are used to inform the preparation of relevant planning policies and decisions on planning applications submitted to the Council.

Joint Evidence

Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Retail and Leisure Study – July 2019

The Retail and Leisure Study provides a comprehensive analysis of the current and emerging retail and leisure trends, existing retail floorspace and leisure facilities, and retail and leisure needs across both Authorities. The study forms part of the evidence base for the Joint Local Plan, but will also assist with the Councils consideration of planning applications for retail and leisure uses. The Retail and Leisure Study can be viewed following the link below:

Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Retail and Leisure Study


Strategic Housing Market Assessment Review (June 2017)

This study builds upon and reviews the Joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2015) study. Having considered all of the sources of housing need, the study forms a 'full, objective assessment of housing needs'. A recommended objectively assessed need for the housing market area has been identified rather than a range of development thought likely to meet need, as was suggested by the previous study. The recommended objectively assessed development requirements for the housing market area form an important consideration as the councils are required, by national policy, to plan to meet this requirement and that which is identified for infrastructure.

The Joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment Review can be viewed by following the link below:

Joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment Review Report


Strategic Housing Market Assessment (July 2015)

Local planning authorities are required under national planning policy to undertake an assessment of the local housing market to determine what the existing and future needs for housing are within the area. This includes the needs for different types and tenures of housing, housing required for different social groups (for example care homes and student accommodation) and housing required to support economic growth.

This study considers all of the sources of housing need to identify a ‘full, objective assessment of housing needs’, which is the starting point for determining how much housing should be delivered by the new local plan.

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment can be viewed by following the link below:

Joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment Report

This study supersedes the previous Strategic Housing Market Assessment which is listed on the Planning Policy Evidence (pre-Joint Local Plan) page.


Employment Land Review (December 2015)

The Employment Land Review identifies the need for economic development to be delivered within Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent by the new Joint Local Plan.

This study is focused on economic uses that that require medium or large sized development sites to accommodate future economic and jobs growth, such as offices, warehouses and factories. It also assesses the suitability of potential sites in the area to accommodate these needs. The result is a recommended ‘portfolio’ of employment land to be considered for future employment generating uses within the Joint Local Plan.

The Joint Employment Land Review can be viewed by following the link below. 

Joint Employment Land Review Report

This study supersedes the previous Joint Employment Land Review which is listed on the Planning Policy Evidence (pre-Joint Local Plan) page.


Green Belt Assessment (November 2017)

The Green Belt Assessment forms an objective evidence base indicating how the Green Belt within the Joint Local Plan area contributes towards the five purposes of Green Belt set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 The Green Belt Assessment can be viewed by following the link below:

Green Belt Assessment Report


Preferred Options Consultation Technical Papers (February 2018)

Housing, Employment and Green Belt Technical Papers are available. These papers set out the facts behind the Preferred Options Consultation Document. 


Strategic Options Consultation Employment Technical Paper (July 2017)

This paper sets out the technical evidence to support the information on employment development that is presented in the Joint Local Plan Strategic Options Consultation document.


Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showperson Accommodation Assessment (October 2015)

This is an assessment of the accommodation needs of gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople that has been undertaken jointly by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Stafford Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. It identifies the future pitch requirements for accommodating permanently settled gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople as well as those in transit. This study can be downloaded via the link below:

This study supersedes the previous North Housing Market Area Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment which is listed on the Planning Policy Evidence (pre-Joint Local Plan) page.


Viability Assessment Report (October 2016)

This study appraises the viability of the majority of sites proposed for residential development across the housing market area. It provides an indication of site viability having considered factors that are likely to influence costs associated with delivery.


Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Methodology (July 2017)

The two councils consulted on a combined methodology back in 2015. This document has informed the housing land availability assessments of both councils.


Sustainability Appraisal (June 2017 and December 2017)


Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Waste Local Plan (March 2013)


Newcastle-under-Lyme Evidence

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment SHLAA (January 2020)

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is a technical exercise carried out to determine the housing land supply across Newcastle-under-Lyme. The SHLAA examines the suitability, availability and achievability of all sites submitted by land owners, developers and other parties. Furthermore, it provides a snapshot of the potential supply of deliverable and developable housing sites. The SHLAA does not allocate sites for development, but does provides a key piece of evidence to help inform the site selection and allocation process for the Joint Local Plan. The SHLAA documents can be viewed following the links below:

Site assessment proformas and site maps can be viewed in PDF format by following the links below:


Green Infrastructure and Open Space Strategies (March 2017)

These documents identify a range of strategic aims and objectives for open space and green infrastructure planning, provision, management, maintenance and alternative use. The primary purpose of both is to ensure that the Borough's natural assets fulfil their potential to deliver a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits. The strategies, and any future updates of them, will inform strategic decisions regarding open space and green infrastructure provision as part of the Joint Local Plan. The strategies and documents relating to them are available via the links below:


Playing Pitch Strategy (February 2015)

The Newcastle-under-Lyme Playing Pitch Strategy 2015 to 2020 sets out the council’s strategy for identifying and meeting playing pitch and associated facilities needs for the Borough in terms of supply and demand. It, and any future updates, will be the basis for making strategic decisions on future playing pitch provision and associated facilities. The council adopted the document in June 2015. This document can be downloaded via the link below:


Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping Report (March 2014)

This report was commissioned by Natural England as part of a wider programme of  landscape scale conservation efforts within Staffordshire. The purpose of the report is to show where priority habitats could be enhanced, restored or created in the borough as a basis from which to develop relevant policies and targets. The outcome of the report is the identification of eight biodiversity opportunity zones across the borough which reflect the ecological habitat characteristics and opportunities for each area. The report is available at the link below.

Rural Area Topic Paper - Rural Hierarchy of Centres (January 2020)

The settlement hierarchy is a key element of the spatial strategy for the Joint Local Plan and provides an organisational structure to the service centres in both Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The identification of a Hierarchy of Centres ensures that any new development is focused in the most sustainable locations for growth and is proportionate to the level of service provision that each centre provides. The Rural Topic Paper can be viewed via the link below:


Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report (October 2019)

The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) provides an important evidence base and will support the production of the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Local Plan. This Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment will be used to inform decisions on the location of future development and the preparation of sustainable policies for the long term management of flood risk across Newcastle-under-Lyme. The report and appendices can be viewed using the following links below:


Joint Local Plan Issues Consultation – technical papers (February 2016)

The technical papers listed below were prepared to summarise and interpret the wide range of evidence that led to the identification of the issues for the Joint Local Plan to address. These papers were used to inform and support the Issues Consultation Document which was subject to public consultation in February and March 2016. The technical papers follow the same eight themes as those listed in the consultation document:

These technical papers provide summaries of the evidence that has informed the identification of the issues. The detailed evidence studies which have been undertaken to inform the Joint Local Plan are listed above.

Last updated  17 March 2021

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