Land availability assessment

The land availability assessment is a technical study which informs the Local Plan. It assesses land for its development potential and forms the basis of a list of sites to be considered for allocation in the Local Plan.

Suggestions of sites to be considered in the LAA can be submitted at any time using the Site Submission Form. Any new sites received after 31 March each year or updates to existing sites received after this time will be considered in the subsequent review.

National guidance on producing 'land availability assessments' is provided in Planning Practice Guidance section on housing and economic land availability assessment.

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.

The LAA is presented in the form of an interactive map, supported by documents detailing the methodology and summary and conclusions.

The interactive map shows the LAA sites and includes an attribute table containing the required information as set out in the Planning Practice Guidance.

The interactive map shows included sites outlined in green, excluded sites outlined in red and sites with planning permission in yellow.

Use the drop-down list to zoom to a parish or click and drag the map to move to a particular location. Constraint layers can be turned on and off in the ‘Map Layers’ section at the bottom of the page, and more information can be found by double clicking on the sites.