Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

The Doncaster Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is an early stage of the evidence base for the new Doncaster Local Plan. It includes information on a large initial pool of sites and whether they could be developed. Further assessment is required on their suitability before any site is included in the Local Plan.

The assessment shows that there is a sufficient supply of land that could be developed to meet the borough’s housing and employment needs for up to 2032. At this stage none of the sites included in the HELAA are Local Plan proposals. The Draft Local Plan will be published later in 2017 which will propose which sites are to be allocated for development.

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

The Doncaster Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is part of our evidence to inform the selection of Housing and Employment Allocations in the new Local Plan and to provide the basis for demonstrating the on-going 5-year housing land supply position. It is required by national guidance and includes sites that we received in our "call for sites" that took place at the end of 2014 and also includes sites with planning permission. The assessment was undertaken by stakeholder groups. The document sets out who was involved in the HELAA and how assessment took place.

The purpose of this Assessment is to identify a pool of sites from which the Local Plan can select and which are suitable, available and achievable for housing or economic development uses over the plan period. This approach ensures that all land is assessed together as part of plan preparation to identify which sites or broad locations are the most suitable and deliverable for a particular use.

It should be noted that HELAA is a survey of existing and potential development sites without taking account of where the Council would prefer to see new development take place. It identifies the capacity of places in the borough to accommodate growth but it does not allocate sites which is a matter for the Doncaster Local Plan. Also the inclusion of a site within the HELAA, and any evidence relating to it, does not imply that planning permission would be granted as many of the sites assessed will be contrary to current development plan policy and might only be considered appropriate for permission if and when they are allocated in the new Local Plan.

The HELAA has assessed 693 sites for housing and 141 sites for economic development uses using the agreed methodology by the stakeholder groups. HELAA provides confidence that there is no shortage of suitable and deliverable/developable land in the borough to meet the emerging Local Plan’s development needs for the plan period 2015 – 2032, although much of the potential supply is not without its constraints (e.g. Green Belt or high flood risk).

The HELAA has a base date of April 2015 and supersedes the Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) (last updated 2011) and Employment Land Review (ELR) (last updated 2009).

HELAA Main Report (April 2015)
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Housing Sites Assessment Spreadsheet
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Economic Development Land Sites Assessment Spreadsheet
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All of the sites included in the assessment are available to view via the following interactive maps; please note some sites are being proposed for multiple uses so may feature on both maps:

Housing Sites Map

Economic Development Sites Map

Housing Update 2016

The following spreadsheet updates the HELAA housing sites in respect of planning activity and progress during the 2015/16 monitoring year. e.g. completions on sites, lapsed permissions, new permissions approved, etc.

Doncaster HELAA update 2015-16
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Housing Update 2017

The first HELAA managed to incorporate all sites put forward for consideration through the emerging Local Plan as at November 2016. Since then, a number of further site representations, as well as revisions to existing site boundaries, have been received and the Council has been asked to consider them through the next update to HELAA, and wider Local Plan site selection methodology. The Council has also now published its monitoring report on housing sites for the period 2016/17 (Residential Land Availability Report 2016/17) meaning there is a further year of planning activity on sites to update the HELAA assessment with. This update therefore incorporates the ‘late’ new and revised sites that have been received, as well as takes account of the planning permission activity during the last monitoring year. This update provides a revised summary of land availability for the borough as at 1st April 2017 in line with the commitment in the HELAA to keep the assessment up-to-date on an annual basis and linked to the monitoring process.

Doncaster HELAA Update Report 2017
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Doncaster HELAA Update 2017
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Employment Update 2017

The first HELAA managed to incorporate all sites put forward for consideration through the emerging Local Plan as at November 2016. Since then, a number of further site representations, as well as revisions to existing site boundaries, have been received and the Council has been asked to consider them through the next update to HELAA, and wider Local Plan site selection methodology. This update therefore incorporates the 'late' new and revised sites that have been received regarding potential employment sites.

Doncaster HELAA Update 2017 - Employment
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Last updated: 28 November 2017 07:35:01