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Call for Sites and HELAA

Last Modified July 04, 2017

Call for Sites


Hertsmere Borough Council is currently reviewing its Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The HELAA is a technical study that provides an overview of the borough’s housing and economic land supply. It is updated regularly and is used to inform our planning policies and choices on specific allocations of land to meet the borough’s future development needs.

The council has recently begun the process of preparing a new local plan for the borough. This review of the HELAA will help the council to identify land that may potentially be available for future housing (including for Gypsy and Traveller pitches) and economic development sites during the period up to 2031 – the period that the new local plan will cover.

If you wish the council to consider whether a piece of land is a potential site for development, please complete and return a HELAA Site Questionnaire and a plan clearly identifying the site boundary. We can then consider whether your site is potentially available, suitable and achievable for housing or economic development during the plan period. All sites submitted should be capable of delivering at least five or more dwellings, or economic development of 0.25ha (site area) or 500m2 (floorspace).

To help the council in determining which sites are potentially available, suitable and achievable for housing or economic development, please complete and return a questionnaire.

IMPORTANT:  the HELAA itself has no policy status; it does not allocate land for development nor affect the decisions the council makes on individual planning applications. The HELAA and its conclusions do NOT imply that planning permission would be granted on any particular site.

There are two versions of the HELAA questionnaire:

The call for sites will remain open throughout the local plan process. We are aiming to publish a new HELAA around the end of 2017 / beginning of 2018.

Please return questionnaires

by email (preferred): local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk

by post:                     Planning Policy Team, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, WD6 1WA

Please use a separate form for each site submitted and include a plan clearly identifying in red the site boundary.

Sites cannot be considered if a plan showing the boundary is not submitted with the completed questionnaire.

Please note that information on sites considered through the land availability assessment process will be openly available to the public and the information submitted will NOT be treated as confidential.

REMEMBER: Inclusion in and assessment through the HELAA does not guarantee planning permission nor imply the designation or allocation of any site for any form of development.

Draft Methodology

We have set out a draft methodology that we propose using when assessing HELAA sites and areas.

Comments on the draft are welcome.

Please forward any comments on the draft methodology

  • by email (preferred) to local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk or
  • by post to Planning Policy Team, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, WD6 1WA

to be received by Friday 28 July 2017.



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