View our Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)
A Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) is an appraisal of the amount of land available for housing and economic use. It's required in order to assess the capacity of suitable land. Its purpose is to test:
- whether there is sufficient land available to meet the identified need, and
- where this may potentially be located
Sites which have been submitted to us as part of the Local Plan review process will be assessed in line with our Housing and Economic Land Availability (HELAA). All authorities in Norfolk consulted publicly on and agreed a standard HELAA methodology. This can be viewed below:
Please note, the inclusion of a site within the HELAA does not mean that it will be allocated, or that planning consent will be given. The HELAA is a technical document which will inform the Local Plan review.
You can find out more in the following documents:
- Housing & Economic Needs Availability Assessment (HELAA) (2019) & Appendices
- Housing & Economic Needs Availability Assessment Update (HELAA) (2020) & Appendices
- HELAA Appendix 1- Site Assessments and Mapping
- HELAA Appendix 2- Schedule of Sites Excluded and Site Mapping
- HELAA Appendix 3- Summary Appraisal of Sites Proposed for Employment Use 2019/20
Further assessments of sites which ‘pass’ the HELAA will take place during the production of the Local Plan review through the Sustainability Appraisal. This will identify sites which are ‘preferred’ and those which are ‘reasonable alternatives’. A draft of the Local Plan review was consulted upon in 2019 subject to public consultation. Sites were submitted, and the comments received at this stage informed the pre-submission version of the plan.