Local Plan - Site Selection Methodology

Doncaster Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will have a big influence on the amount and location of new development across the borough in the period up to 2035.

Housing and Employment Site Selection Methodology & Results Consultation (June 2019)

The Council has published two site selection methodologies which set out how we have selected housing and employment sites (including mixed use) and minerals for the new Local Plan (see towards the foot of this page for the latter). To ensure the Local Plan proposes the most sustainable development allocations, that are in conformity with national planning policy, and will deliver the plan’s vision and objectives, the site selection methodologies have been developed and followed consistently.

The methodologies set out a number of stages that sites have been assessed against, including the legal requirement for Local Plans to take account of Sustainability Appraisal (including Strategic Environmental Assessment). They identify which sites are being proposed for housing, employment and minerals in the Publication version of the Local Plan (June 2019)

Site Selection Methodology - Regulation 19 Publication Version

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The Site Selection Methodology and Results report is an extensive document. In the interests of more succinctly summarising the proposed housing sites a number of summaries have been prepared and are a useful first point of reference. These summaries are intended to provide sufficient detail on why sites are either being proposed or rejected. Housing site proposals are shown at a town/village level as per the documents below.


Adwick - Woodlands
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Auckley and Hayfield Green
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Barnburgh - Harlington
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Barnby Dun
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Carcroft - Skellow
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Conisbrough Denaby
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Dunscroft, Dunsville, Hatfield and Stainforth
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Main Urban Area
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Thorne and Moorends
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The Employment Land Review, written by Colliers International, assesses 30 potential employment sites which could become site allocations in the Local Plan. The document includes a qualitative assessment of each site including their suitability for employment use. The conclusions in the report have regard to market demand; Doncaster’s strengths; supply; individual site characteristics; and other relevant issues to the sites such as planning applications/masterplans. The findings of the report have been factored into the site selection methodology process.

Doncaster Employment Land Review (February 2018)
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Following on from the Informal Consultation Stage of the Local Plan it was brought to our attention that some wording in the Employment Land Review written by Colliers was incorrect. The document below corrects that wording where appropriate. It should also be noted that the ELR does not set the employment land need figure. This can be found in the Employment Land Need Assessment.

Doncaster Employment Land Review Amendments - June 2019
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A Minerals Planning Authority must propose the most sustainable mineral allocations in the Local Plan. These include sites, areas of search and safeguarding areas. The documents below provide the evidence base supporting allocations.

Assessing Mineral Sites Representations_2018 revision
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Identifying and Assessing Areas of Search-Aggregate-Minerals - Methodology and Process
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Stage One Assessing Areas of Search for Aggregate Minerals – Identification and initial screening
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Stage Two Assessing Evaluating and Proposing Minerals Areas of Search
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Mineral Safeguarding Areas_2018
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Site Selection Methodologies Consultation – Summary of Responses – June 2018

The draft site selection methodologies were subject to full public consultation for a period of 4 weeks between Tuesday 24 November and Monday 21 December 2015. The methodologies set out what the various stages of the site selection process would entail, including our proposed sustainability appraisal site criteria for housing, employment and mineral site options. This was an opportunity therefore for any comments to be made on the proposed approach. The following provides summaries of the responses received to the consultation, and how they have been considered accordingly through the revised site selection methodologies which have now been used to assess all reasonable site options.

Site Selection Methodology - Consultation Summary
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Minerals Selection Methodology - 2015 Consultation Responses
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Site Selection Methodologies Consultation – November 2015

The Council consulted on two site selection methodologies (late 2015) which are the basis for how we will select housing, employment (including mixed use) and minerals sites. The methodologies were not site specific at this stage. Therefore the consultation was only about the process for appraising sites rather than seeking views as to which sites should be supported or rejected. We consulted on the following two documents which are still available to view below:

Housing and Employment Site Selection Methodology
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Local Plan Mineral Requirements Methodology
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Further information:

Further information about Doncasters planning policies can be found at Our Plans.



Last updated: 29 July 2021 07:29:32