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Call for sites: Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment [SHELAA] and Brownfield Land Register

As part of a commitment to take the Eden Local Plan 2014 to 2032 forwards to an early review, and in response to an additional government requirement to compile a Brownfield Land Register, we are currently undertaking a 'call for sites'.

Undertaking a call for sites is a regular process we carry out and has been used recently to inform the preparation of the Eden Local Plan. It is an opportunity for landowners, agents and developers to promote sites for future housing and employment development. Information collected through the current call for sites will help in our preparation of a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Land Register.

Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

We are responsible for preparing and keeping up to date a SHELAA to help inform future plan making in the district. The SHELAA gathers information on potential sites for housing and economic development and assesses their suitability. As part of this, it is increasingly important for us to understand the deliverability of sites.

The SHELAA is a technical assessment which is designed to establish whether land in the area might be available for development for a range of different uses. However, the SHELAA does not allocate land for development.

Brownfield Land Register

The requirement for the Council to prepare and maintain a Brownfield Land Register came into force in April 2017 (see the Brownfield Land Register Regulations 2017). We are required to publish a register of brownfield land (previously developed land) within the district that is suitable for residential development by 31 December 2017.

Sites submitted for inclusion in the Brownfield Land Register must also meet the definition of Brownfield land. Brownfield sites are those which have already been built on and either currently contain buildings and/or structures or have done so in the recent past. Brownfield sites do not include those that contain agricultural buildings, certain mineral extraction or waste disposal sites or those where the previous development is so historic that its remains have blended into the landscape. The detailed definition can be found in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework under the heading ‘previously developed land’.

The purpose of the register is to provide house builders with up-to-date information on all brownfield sites available for housing locally. In helping housebuilders to identify suitable sites quickly, it is hoped this will speed up the construction of new homes.

How can I get Involved?

If you are aware of any land within the Local Plan area (in Eden district outside the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks) that could be considered for inclusion within the SHELAA and/or Brownfield Land Register, please complete our Site Submission form (Word Document: 116Kb / 9 pages).

If you have previously submitted details of a site to us and you still wish to promote the site for development, please use the form to respond so we can understand whether any circumstances have changed.

You will need to use a separate form for each site submitted and attach a site plan (1:1250 or 1:2500 scale) with the boundaries of the site clearly marked in red.

All completed forms should be sent together with a location plan, and any other supporting documentation, to: loc.plan@eden.gov.uk.

Alternatively forms can be posted to: Planning Policy, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG.

The deadline for sites to be submitted is Monday 27 November 2017.