Paragraph 159 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to prepare a strategic housing land availably assessment to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing.
Paragraphs 160 and 161 of the NPPF require local planning authorities to have a clear understanding of business needs and the existing and future supply of land available for economic development.
Paragraph 161 of the NPPF also identified the advantages of carrying out reviews of available land for housing and economic development at the same time, or as part of the same exercise.
The Council had previously produced individual reports covering housing land and employment land. The current version of the Housing and Employment Availability Report 2016 brings together these two separate reports.
For 2017 the Council will produce a single Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) which will be published later in the year. This assessment will follow the advice set out in national planning policy and guidance.
Housing and Employment Land Availability Report 2016
The Housing and Employment Land Availability Report 2016 represents a refresh of the available supply of land for housing and employment in order to provide an up to date position across the Borough for the 15 year period from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2031. This will determine the contribution that this supply of land provides towards the Borough’s objectively assessed requirement for housing and employment land. The updated assessments are crucial to demonstrate best use of urban land in support of the strategy set out in the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) to maximise the use of urban land in order to minimise the need for the release of land in the Green Belt.
It is important to note that identification of a site within the housing and employment land availability assessment does not imply that planning permission will be granted (where it does not already have a current permission). Similarly it does not prevent the possibility of residential or employment development being granted on sites which have not been included within the assessment. All applications will be assessed individually against current planning policy and other material considerations.