Strategic Land Availability Assessment
The Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) will consider all sites capable of delivering 5 or more dwellings or economic development on sites of 0.25 ha (or 500m2 floorspace) or above, or Gypsy and Traveller sites which could accommodate 1 or more pitches. The type of sites to be assessed is set out in section 1.3 of the methodology. In making the assessment the Council will consider the "suitability", "achievability" and "availability" of a site. If the Strategic Land Availability Assessment identifies land as being deliverable or having potential to be delivered, it will not imply that the land will automatically be allocated for development. In deciding which sites should be developed and allocated in the Local plan the Council will need to consider its overall development strategy.
It is important to remember that the SLAA is part of the evidence base to support the preparation of the Local Plan. Sites assessed in the SLAA may also be submitted as planning applications and the decision on applications will be based on the adopted local plan policies and government guidance.
The Draft Strategic Land Availability Assessment methodology was published for consultation on 21 August and closed on 2 October 2015. Details of the comments received, officer responses and the final methodology statement were be considered by members of the Planning Policy Working Group on 16 December 2015.