Housing Site Assessment
Housing site assessments and sustainability appraisals were undertaken in order to inform decisions on the suggested sites for allocation in the now adopted Local Plan. These can be downloaded below. The Site Assessment (SA) followed the agreed methodology, considered by Cabinet in March 2011. The SA is based on an assessment of each site against the SA objectives and framework, taking into account the baseline situation and sustainability issues within the borough (set out in the scoping report and subsequently updated).
Due to the availability of more detailed information on sites, the SA incorporates the technical information obtained and assessed through the site assessment work as well as other evidence available, particularly in respect of the social and economic SA objectives.
The site assessment and sustainability documents were updated in February 2014, in the light of the public consultation carried out in relation to the Pre-Submission Local Plan and also new factual information. An additional volume 4 was also published in February 2014, outlining the outcomes of assessments completed on new and amended sites promoted through the consultation on the Pre-submission Local Plan.
The Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) maps define the site boundary for each site assessment. A map defining the Manydown parcels can be viewed below.
Flood Risk Ranking
National guidance states that council's allocating land for development should consider reasonably available sites in areas with a lower probability of flooding that would be appropriate to the type of development or land use proposed.
To comply with national requirements, potential housing sites for consideration for allocation in the Local Plan 2011-2029 were subject to a flood risk ranking and a sequential test. Potential housing allocation sites and combination of sites were ranked on a settlement basis from highest to lowest flood risk, which is identified by a numerical scale. The assessment identifies which flood zone(s) the site/ site combination is situated within, whether the site is within or upstream of a locally defined Critical Drainage Area, whether the site is at risk of surface water flooding and/ or groundwater flooding and whether the site has experienced localised flooding.
Commentary is included to justify the sites that were recommended for allocation. The document is available to download below. This information should be read in conjunction with the Site Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal evidence base work for the Local Plan 2011-2029.
Local Plan Team