Land availability assessment

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The Council is now looking to prepare the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) update for 2012.

There is an opportunity at this early stage of the process for stakeholders and the wider community to identify sites that may make a contribution to the future supply of housing.

The Council is therefore calling upon local residents, Parish and Town Councils, developers and landowners to identify any land and buildings that they consider have potential for residential development that are not already contained with the previous versions of the SHLAA.

For such sites, please complete a Call for Sites form and send it along with a location plan to the Spatial Planning Team. The Call for Sites form can also be requested from the Council's offices.

All forms (with site plans) must be submitted before 5pm on 27th April 2012 in one of the following ways:

* email to planningpolicyconsultation@cheshireeast.gov.uk" target="_blank">planningpolicyconsultation@cheshireeast.gov.uk

* post to Spatial Planning, Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ

Once a list of additional sites has been gathered, from the results of this 'Call for Sites' the Council will undertake an assessment of each site and will identify whether the sites are suitable for housing.

The SHLAA is a key component of the evidence base to support the delivery of sufficient land for housing; to meet the community's need for more homes; and to inform housing policy within the Cheshire East Local Plan. This assessment is required by national planning policy, set out in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (PPS3).

The primary role of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment is to:

* Identify sites with potential for housing;

* Assess their housing potential; and

* Assess when they are likely to be developed.

It should be noted that the SHLAA is a study of housing potential and does not itself allocate sites for development but will inform future planning policy development. The identification of housing potential from sites and buildings in the assessments does not imply that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission for their residential development.

Similarly, it does not preclude the possibility of residential development being granted on sites which have not been included. Any planning applications will continue to be treated on their own merits based upon planning policy and other material considerations.

Joanne Dutton MRTPI

Principal Planning Officer