Arun District Council is undertaking a review of the Arun local plan which was adopted in July 2018.
As part of this work the council are also preparing other crucial planning policy documents, which will allocate land for housing development including the Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD).
These documents are complex to prepare and require an extensive evidence base to support them. The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is one such document.
In accordance with national policy and guidance, the HELAA is a technical document setting out a theoretical database of sites which have been identified or promoted as available for development. It is subject to an initial high-level assessment of potential to accommodate future housing or economic development.
The HELAA is not, therefore, council policy and is not used for decision making to determine planning applications. The HELAA forms an important part of the council’s technical evidence which can then be the subject of more rigorous assessment as part of plan making.
Arun District Council is now reviewing its HELAA to ensure it is kept up to date annually, as required by national policy.
As part of this, the council is inviting a ‘call for sites’. This is the opportunity to let the council know of potential sites within the district that can accommodate five or more additional new dwellings.
A spokesman said: “We are particularly interested to know if you are planning to develop the land within the next five years or in the longer term (six-ten, 11-15 or 16+ years from April 2020) and evidence you have on delivery of sites.
“Please respond to the us by July 1, 2020, at the latest, so that we can fully assess your response in time for the publication of the HELAA.”
Further information regarding the HELAA and the ‘call for sites’ process and how to submit a site can be found on the council’s website: arun.gov.uk/helaa-brownfield-land-self-build-registers
If you have any questions regarding this process,contact the planning policy and conservation team at: email@example.com