Every year the local planning authority needs to publish a register of the land that owners are looking to put forward for development. This is a statutory requirement and while this leads to a lot of concern, gives the broadest range of options to select for the Allocations plan which is currently underway at EHDC.
The sites are assessed by the planning team and this is a very ‘high level’ sift. An excluded site is one which has a major obstacle to planning and there is no point in putting it into the register of available land. Possible reasons might include if it is a SINC, suffers from flooding etc. An included site is one which can not be ruled out immediately but needs to still go through the planning process and tests for sustainability. Contrary to the impression developers might give, and ‘Included site’ has no approval by EHDC and no preferred status by EHDC. Gap status, Landscape issues, Highways access and all of the key reasons that planning applications are measured against are still to be tested on the land.
There is nothing to stop a land owner from applying for permission to build on an Excluded site.
The next step is to use the SHLAA sites and carry out sustainability assessments to identify the land that should be taken forward and allocated to Horndean’s housing need. The Land East Of Horndean area is clearly the community preference, and this is also a good fit with the most sustainable options for the sites available.
Click on this link for the SHLAA Site Assessment Report 2014