Land Availability Assessment (LAA)

The Land Availability Assessment (LAA) is a technical study which informs the East Hampshire District Local Plan.

It helps to inform future planning policy by assessing land for its development potential. From this assessment, sites can be chosen to be included in the Development Plan to help meet objectively assessed needs. 

National guidance on producing LAAs is provided in the NPPG section on ‘Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment’(link is external). The guidance sets out a five-stage methodology which is based on identifying sites and broad locations with potential for development, assessing their development potential and assessing their suitability for development and the likelihood that they will come forward.

Previously, the Local Planning Authority has prepared a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), focussing only on the suitability of land for housing (C3 use class). The NPPG now requires a wider assessment of land uses. As such, the evidence is now known as the Land Availability Assessment (LAA) and assesses land for a variety of uses.

Call for sites

A call for additional sites was made as part of the recent Local Plan consultation, between 5 February 2019 and 19 March 2019. This call for sites is now closed. Planning officers will review the submitted sites for purposes of updating the LAA and feeding into the local plan-making process.