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Local Plan Evidence Base

The Local Plan evidence base is comprised of reports, assessments and studies covering topic areas relevant to planning and development of the borough. The information is used to inform and guide the preparation of planning policy and proposals in the Local Plan.

Unless explicitly referred to in the Issues and Options Local Plan, evidence prepared prior to 2021 to support the Joint Local Plan (now discontinued), has been published for transparency and information only at this stage. The Council will determine the weight attached to this evidence and which policy recommendations to take forward through the Local Plan in due course.

Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (2020)

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council commissioned Turley’s to undertake a Housing and Economic Assessment for the joint housing market area and functional economic area.  Assessing housing and economic need is the first step in the process of deciding how many homes and employment land need to be planned for in the new Local Plan.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Report 2020

This report was commissioned by Staffordshire County Council and a number of Local Authorities in Staffordshire including Newcastle-under-Lyme. The report recommends sustainability-focused interventions that the Authorities should consider as part of their emerging Local Plans.

Playing Pitch Strategy 2020

The Newcastle-under-Lyme Playing Pitch Strategy 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 April 2021.

Green Belt Assessment 2020

The Green Belt Part 2 work comprises 3 documents which were produced during 2019/20 to support the Joint Local Plan as it had been identified Green Belt release would be required to meet the housing need. Some of the conclusions of the reports are of relevance to the now discontinued Joint Local Plan only, and it is not clear whether Green Belt release will be required at this stage in the plan making process.

  • Green Belt Part 2 Assessment Study
    • This report prepares a site review methodology and completes site assessments for the Green Belt sites being considered for release through the emerging joint Local Plan.
  • Exceptional Circumstances Review
    • This report provides a critical friend review of the current exceptional circumstances case when considered against national policy, case law and good practice.
  • Green Belt Village Full Report
    • The purpose of this study is to independently and objectively assess the extent to which villages washed over by the Green Belt meet the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requirements of paragraph 140

Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showperson Accommodation Assessment 2020

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 and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. It identifies the future pitch requirements for accommodating permanently settled gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople as well as those in transit.

Water Cycle Study 2020

The Water Cycle Study collates information on water policy and legislation, water resources, water quality and environmental designations. The Study was commissioned to consider the impact of potential growth on Waste Water Treatment Works for Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme and makes recommendations regarding water resources, supply and conservation for consideration in the Local Plan.

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 the borough. The study forms part of the evidence base for the Local Plan, but will also assist with the Council’s consideration of planning applications for retail and leisure uses. The Retail and Leisure Study can be viewed following the link below:

Green Belt Assessment (November 2017)

The Green Belt Assessment forms an objective evidence base indicating how the Green Belt within the 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:

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 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:

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Methodology (July 2017)

The council consulted on a methodology back in 2015. This document has informed the housing land availability assessments of the council.

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.

Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report (October 2019)

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:


Last updated 27 September 2021

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