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Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Consultation

17 October 2019

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West Suffolk Council's  Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (or SHELAA) is an assessment of land for housing and economic development. The draft report is now being published for stakeholder consultation from 9am Tuesday 15 October to 5pm Tuesday 26 November 2019.

It should be noted that the SHELAA is not an assessment of whether the sites will be allocated in the future West Suffolk Local Plan nor does inclusion in the SHELAA imply or grant any planning permission.  The document or previous call for sites process holds NO weight in decision making. 

 The consultation draft SHELAA features details of 732 sites and is a very large document. For this reason the document  is available to view on the council’s website at the following link: www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/shelaaconsultation  

Details of sites in Gt Barton are available to view here:  https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/Planning_Policies/local_plans/upload/Great-Barton.pdf

 At this stage the authority is seeking views on the factual information submitted.  In accordance with government guidance, they are seeking views on the draft SHELAA report and in particular: 

  • The suitability, availability and achievability (including viability*) of specific sites featured within the draft report (whether or not they are included or deferred at this stage)
  • The constraints – are these (reasons for deferral of specific sites) still appropriate/relevant? 

* for a site to be considered deliverable, the National Planning Policy Framework requires development to be economically viable and to this end, we seek written commentary on the viability of the sites in which you have a particular interest, in addition to confirmation that the sites themselves are available at this time and if not, when they are anticipated to become available. 

Comments  on this draft SHELAA report (concentrating on suitability, availability and achievability - including viability - considerations) should be made directly to West Suffolk Council no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019 preferably submitted by email to planning.policy@westsuffolk.gov.uk  or by post to:

 Strategic Planning Team

West Suffolk Council

West Suffolk House

Western Way

Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3YU

 Following consideration of all representations made on the draft 2019 SHELAA document, it will be amended and a final version of the West Suffolk SHELAA will be published and available for inspection on the council’s website in early 2020.

If you have any queries relating to any part of the SHELAA process, please do not hesitate to contact:

Denise Bugg on 01284 757334 or email denise.bugg@westsuffolk.gov.uk