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Land Availability Assessment

Land Availability Assessment

We are currently undertaking a review of our land availability assessment (LAA).

The aim of the Land Availability Assessment (LAA) is to identify land that may be appropriate for development and assess the availability, suitability, and achievability of potential sites.

The LAA forms part of the evidence base for production of the council’s new local plan.  It has been informed by a ‘call for sites’ which was undertaken in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016, by representations submitted in response to the draft Local Plan published for comment in January 2017, records of planning permissions granted, and the council's brownfield land register.

All of the sites identified through the LAA process are currently being assessed using a standardised methodology (see below), which was partly developed in partnership with neighbouring councils.

Some of the sites may then be taken forward into a draft local plan for the borough.

It is important to stress that the inclusion of a site in the land availability assessment does not mean that it will necessarily be allocated in future plans or be considered suitable for development.

LAA methodology

The LAA methodology is split into separate stages:

Overview (joint LAA North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw methodology)

Joint LAA North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw 2015 methodology

Initial Assessment (Stage 1 and 2a)

LAA Stages 1 and 2a Site Assessment Methodology 2018

Detailed Assessment (Stage 2b)

LAA Stage 2b Site Assessment Methodology 2018

Heritage Impact Assessment

As part of the more detailed assessment of sites Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA) are being carried out for sites identified as having potential heritage issues.  Sites which are categorised as either amber/red in LAA or were identified by Derbyshire County Council through their consultation on a sample of sites, will be subject to detailed HIA. The method of HIA and also a pre-form for assessment have been agreed with Historic England.

Derbyshire County Council Heritage and Historic Landscape Comments

Heritage Impact Assessment Methodology 2018

Heritage Impact Assessment Pro-forma 2018

Heritage Impact Assessments 2019

The Council has now carried out all stages of the Land Availability Assessment, considering land from a variety of sources including that put forward in the most recent ‘Call for Sites’. The results are set out below. As a separate process to LAA, the Council has also considered whether or not to allocate all sites which made it to through to Stage 2b, even those sites ultimately deemed unsuitable and the outcome of this is also available to view below.

Results of the Land Availability Assessment

LAA Map showing results for all sites 2018

LAA Results Stage 1 and 2a 2018

LAA Results stage 2b (overview sheets for all sites) 2018

Conclusions on whether to allocated stage 2b sites

The intention is for the land availability assessment to include a database that allows regular editing and updating when further information or evidence becomes available. 

If you have any questions about the land availability assessment, please contact


Last updated on 16 September 2019