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Sourcing sites for SHELAAs and Local Plans - how wide to 'cast the net'?

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Laura Chamberlain, modified 6 Months ago.

Sourcing sites for SHELAAs and Local Plans - how wide to 'cast the net'?

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Hi

Would be interested to hear people's views and experience in sourcing site options for SHELAAs and for the Local Plan process. The PPG is clear that we should cast the net wide and look for sites from a wide range of sources. Also conscious of the need to make sure any reasonable alternatives are considered for SA/SEA purposes.

However when the resourcing reality of assessing a huge raft of possible sites hits , we can't help wonder if there is a more proportionate, but still 'sound' approach, especially in the context of not needing all that many new sites given existing supply.

Would be interested to hear from any LPAs who have effectively started with a 'clean slate' of site options in their Local Plan Reviews based on existing allocations, commitments and then just newly submitted sites through Call for Sites exercises, and conversely LPAs who have considered that all known possible site sources should be brought into the process, even if not recently submitted, for example sites considered in historic plan making exercises.

Thanks
Laura

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Alex Bartle, modified 6 Months ago.

RE: Sourcing sites for SHELAAs and Local Plans - how wide to 'cast the net'

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Hi Laura

At Bradford we have taken the standard approach to SHELAAs with standard call for sites, commitments etc, however recently we are considering a more comprehensive approach as we have had the Government's urban centers uplift of 35% added to our housing requirement. Given this and the fact we have green belt as a strategic constraint we are currency scoping an additional 'urban capacity study' exercise along the lines previously required under old PPS- where we use GIS mapping and survey work to try and identify a wider range of new sites in urban areas to add to the potential supply. This includes a focus on town/district/local centers, main public transport corridors, employment areas,  regeneration areas, out of centre retail parks etc - This is to try and ensure that we can demonstrate that we have considered 'all known possible site sources' of land, demonstrate exceptional circumstances, maximise sustainable urban intensification opportunities and reduce potential green belt release. 

We are still at an early stage of attempting to collect this evidence and we already have a quite comprehensive SHELA so not sure how  much new capacity will will be able to identify at how resource intensive this may be. We therefore also welcome any other LPAs thoughts/advice on taking a more comprehensive approach to identifying 'all known possible site sources'

Regards

Alex

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Alexa O'Neill, modified 6 Months ago.

RE: Sourcing sites for SHELAAs and Local Plans - how wide to 'cast the net'

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Hi Laura,

At Birmingham we’re in a similar position to Bradford – 35% uplift and constrained by Green Belt. Last year we were successful in bidding for some of the Government’s pathfinder funding and we commissioned Urban Intelligence and their ‘Place Maker’ system to help us identify and assess potential development sites. The system uses land registry parcels (this means we have effectively assessed the entire city) and then applies various constraints via an algorithm to rule out parcels that would not be suitable, leaving us with potential development sites to investigate further, contact landowners, etc. We also have our call for sites form set up with them, so submissions go straight into the database. There’s still an element of planning judgement to be applied to what the database throws up, but we feel this is helping us to be much more proactive and efficient in identifying sites than more traditional ways might have. I realise this probably isn't exactly the answer you were looking for because we've essentially bought something in. However, had we not been successful with the pathfinder funding bid we were considering the potential of developing something in-house using our GIS systems, land registry data and constraints data. 

Alexa

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Laura Chamberlain, modified 5 Months ago.

RE: Sourcing sites for SHELAAs and Local Plans - how wide to 'cast the net'

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Hi

Thanks for your responses, and sounds a really interesting approach in Birmingham to try and automate some of the process. We're in quite a different planning context in terms of our overall need and existing substantial supply. So I think we will probably go for a staged approach, in terms of a draft SHELAA based on our existing commitments plus call for sites, then compare the output from that with our forthcoming draft SHENA outputs and see where that gets us to!

Thanks
Laura