As part of the early engagement stage of the new Doncaster Local Plan, a 'Call for Sites' was undertaken for a period of eight weeks between October and December 2014 to establish which sites landowners and developers wish to see considered for development through the new Local Plan.
Everybody on the Local Plan database was notified of this exercise and asked to complete a questionnaire to ascertain their intentions for the land as well as submit a supporting location plan. The stage was also publicised wider, for example through the use of social media, press releases, and Officer's attendance at events such as the Doncaster Property Forum.
What status do these sites have?
These sites have been put to the Council for consideration through the Local Plan. It does not indicate that they will necessarily be supported for development. It will be the role of the Local Plan to identify how much development land is needed first and foremost to meet the growth and regeneration needs of the Borough, and then identify the most sustainable sites to accommodate this.
Which sites have been submitted through this process?
Following the close of the 'Call for Sites' stage, a total of 499 sites were put forward for consideration for various uses, the exact breakdown as follows:
- Housing - 376 sites
- Employment - 30 sites
- Mixed use - 25 sites
- Retail - 1 site
- Minerals Extraction - 7 sites
- Gypsy & Traveller - 2 sites
- Multiple Options - 33 sites (e.g. owner has asked for the site to be considered as suitable for either housing or employment etc)
- Other - 25 sites (e.g. renewable energy, holiday accommodation etc)
What other possible sites are being identified?
As well as land put forward by landowners and the development industry, other land that may be suitable for development needed to be considered (as required by national guidance) so an additional exercise was undertaken to identify any sites currently allocated for development in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) that did not yet have planning permission and were not subject to representation through the 'Call for Sites' stage. Any proposed allocations in the withdrawn Sites and Policies Plan which were not resubmitted were also included. This exercise identified an additional 'pool' of 40 sites as follows; these sites also needed to be assessed alongside all 'Call for Sites' to establish whether they are still suitable, deliverable and developable sites:
- Unused UDP Housing Allocations - 11 sites
- Proposed Housing Allocations in Sites and Policies Plan - 5 sites
- Unused UDP Employment Allocations - 30 sites
This gives a total of 545 sites to be considered.
Are further sites still being submitted/accepted?
Since the 'call for sites' stage closed in autumn 2014 a number of land owners and developers have continued to put sites forward for consideration through the local plan, including during some of the early engagement stages such as the March 2016 Homes and Settlements consultation.The Council normally updates its evidence base on an annual basis and has sought the opportunity to incorporate any 'late' sites into the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) on a periodic basis since the first Assessment was published. The last update was undertaken in July 2017 and included all sites submitted to the Council for consideration as at that point. Further sites have continued to be submitted since then and are on file ready to be included in the next update to the Assessment which forms an early stage of the local plan site selection evidence base.
How can I find out where these sites are and further information about them?
Please note that sometimes sites have been submitted more than once, for example where a site is being proposed on its own and as part of a larger site; the site reference of the duplicate is given together with how much of the site is duplicated. Further work has been done looking at duplicate site areas as part of the local plan site assessment evidence base.
Why have some sites submitted through the 'Call for Sites' in autumn 2014 been removed/changed, and why are there some new sites?
Some sites that were put forward through the original 'Call for Sites' process in Autumn 2014 have progressed to a planning application approval and development on site/completion since then. Likewise, sites have been put forward by landowners and developers on an 'ad-hoc' basis since late 2014, and further sites may continue to be subject of representations throughout the rest of the Local Plan process. Sites may have come forward for different uses compared to those originally envisaged by the landowner/developer at the Call for Sites stage in 2014. Some sites have been asked to be withdrawn from the process altogether, and some have had revised site boundaries submitted in replacement of previous representations. These are just some of the reasons why sites have changed/evolved during the local plan’s preparation. The map above therefore provides a 'live' position on these sites as at 1 April 2017, and takes into account all the changes to current sites as well as identifying new/late sites, relating to activity during the period autumn 2014 to July 2017.
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