Contents:

  1. Call for Sites: Local Plan 2016-2036
  2. HELAA (2015/2016) Findings Report
  3. HELAA Appendix 1: Site Assessments and Plans
  4. HELAA Appendix 2: Housing Trajectory 2011 - 2029 (Updated November 2016) 

Please read the important information regarding the LDF/RDP evidence base studies before accessing and reading the document below. 

Last updated:  30th January 2016


1. Call for Sites: Local Plan 2016-2036

Bath & North East Somerset Council has started to prepare a new Local Plan (previously known as the Core Strategy Review) that will cover the period 2016-2036. The Core Strategy Review Commencement Document was consulted on in November and December 2016. The primary purpose of the Local Plan 2016-2036 (LP) is to identify and allocate sites to meet the housing and economic development requirements established by the West of England Joint Spatial Plan. A housing and economic land availability assessment (HELAA) is required in order to identify and assess land that could be considered for allocation in the LP.

The purpose of the HELAA is to provide evidence to inform the LP. National planning guidance describes the purpose of the HELAA as follows;  

The assessment is an important evidence source to inform plan making but does not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for development. This is because not all sites considered in the assessment will be suitable for development (e.g. because of policy constraints or if they are unviable). It is the role of the assessment to provide information on the range of sites which are available to meet need, but it is for the development plan itself to determine which of those sites are the most suitable to meet those needs.

The council is now undertaking a call for sites (CFS) which is a request land to be identified and submitted to the council for assessment through the HELAA process. Land should be submitted to the council by Wednesday 8th March 2017. Anyone can submit land for consideration, but part of the assessment relates to the availability of the land and therefore land will normally need to be owned by someone who is willing to develop it, or sell the land to a third party who is willing to do so. Apart from availability, the assessment considers both the suitability and the achievability of land. The Department for Communities and Local Government’s Planning Practice Guidance provides further information about HELAA.

Guidance on submitting land/sites for assessment

Please download and complete a form* and return it by Wednesday 8th March 2017, along with a plan that clearly and accurately identifies the site boundary and any other attachments to:

  • planning_policy@bathnes.gov.uk (preferred); or 
  • Planning Policy, Planning Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.

If you have previously submitted a site for inclusion in the call for sites please complete a new form, in order to provide up-to-date information on the availability and achievability of sites and to confirm suitability credentials and site boundaries (if boundaries have not changed a new plan is not required – please state previous HELAA site reference).

Data Protection Statement:

This information is collected by Bath and North East Somerset Council as data controller in accordance with the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998. The purposes for collecting this data are: to assist in plan making; to contact you, if necessary, regarding the answers given on this form; and to keep you informed of progress with plan making. Some of the data relating to specific sites (excluding your contact details) will be made public as it will form part of the evidence base used to inform the creation of planning policy documents. The above purposes may require public disclosure of any data received on the form, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The HELLA 2017 Call for Sites Form* can be downloaded via this link. 

* Note for Apple Pages and Microsoft Word users:

  • Apple Pages Users: Please enter text where requested, delete where applicable and if you cannot tick the appropriate boxes please indicate your choice with text beside the relevant box.
  • MS Word Users: Please enter text or tick boxes where requested, and please chose Yes / No / Unknown from the available drop-down menu.

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2. The Findings Report

The May 2015 Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) Findings Report updates the previous Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Findings Report.  It presents a strategic overview/summary of the housing land supply position in Bath and North East Somerset for the period 2011/12 to 2028/29.

The Housing Land Supply Findings Report provides an overview of the assessment of sites and the delivery trajectoryIt should be read alongside Appendix 1 (Site Assessments and Plans), the Appendix 2 (Housing Trajectory) and the recently produced Housing Land Supply Maps below:

Please note that only the Findings Report, Appendix 2 (housing trajectory) and maps above have been updated since the Core Strategy was adopted.

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3. HELAA Appendix 1: Site Assessments and Plans

The various sections of Appendix 1 were produced to support the SHLAA Findings Report and continue to support the renamed HELAA Findings Report. 

Appendix 1a: Bath

Appendix 1b: Bath Green Belt

Appendix 1c: Keynsham and surrounding Green Belt

Appendix 1d: Somer Valley

Appendix 1e Rural Villages in Bath & North East Somerset

Appendix 1f South East Bristol

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4. HELAA Appendix 2: Housing Trajectory 2011 - 2029 (Updated in November 2016)

A housing trajectory for each main settlement /area and for the district as a whole, showing past performance, estimating yearly delivery for individual sites and the cumulative effect of this on overall anticipated delivery rates.  The Housing Land Supply Trajectory 2011-2029 can be downloaded via this link.

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