We recently begun the process of preparing a new local plan for the borough. This review of the HELAA will help us 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. The HELAA report and site plans can be found on the Supporting Studies (Local Plan Evidence Base) page of the website.

HELAA Report  2019

The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is a technical study prepared to inform the Council’s new Local Plan. The assessment and identification of sites has no status in formally allocating land for future development and will not be treated as a material consideration in any future decision that the Council makes on individual planning applications.  The HELAA has been published following publication of a draft report in 2018 which provided an opportunity for comments to be made prior to finalising the study.  A summary of those comments and how they have been addressed is set out in the final HELAA report.       

HELAA Report 2019 (4.36MB)


HELAA 2019 site maps - Bushey (22.5MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - Borehamwood and Elstree (28.6MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - Potters Bar (19.6MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - Radlett (14.3MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - Shenley (13.4MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - Elstree Village (6.60MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - South Mimms (11.4MB)

HELAA 2019 site maps - Other Locations (6.12MB)

HELAA Update May 2018

We have published an interactive map showing the sites which have been promoted either through the Call for Sites in 2017 or the Issues and Options consultation in 2017.

The mapping includes links to basic information about the site, and to the submitted site plan and questionnaire.

We are treating all submissions in exactly the same way, and considering them all against the same criteria, whether they were submitted through the Call for Sites, Issues and Options, or both, and whether or not they have been submitted with a lot of supporting information or with none.

Call for Sites

The call for sites is now closed for the time being to allow us to consider the sites that have been submitted over the past year and feed these into the process of selecting sites as part of our work on a potential sites for housing and employment document.

If you would like to be added to our consultation database so we can notify you about the Local Plan consultation, please sign up to our consultation database.

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

The HELAA is a technical study that provides an overview of the borough’s housing and economic land supply, and is carried out by the council in line with a published methodology (PDF 678kb). 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.

We carried out a 'call for sites' exercise in 2017 during which time we invited people to submit details of any land they may be aware of which could be suitable for housing or economic development.

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 of a site 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.

HELAA Methodology 2017/18

We consulted on a proposed methodology in summer 2017, and the final version is available here.

HELAA Methodology 2017/18

IMPORTANT:  the HELAA itself is a technical study and 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, or that it would be allocated through the Local Plan.