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Medway Strategic Land Availability Assessment
The National Planning Policy Framework
(NPPF) requires Local Planning Authorities to prepare Strategic
Land Availability Assessments (SLAAs) to demonstrate the
availability of potential development sites within their area.
In assessing the supply of potential
development sites, the SLAA must consider if land is ‘suitable’ for
development, ‘available’ and ‘deliverable’. The SLAA is an
important part of the evidence base of the emerging Plan, allowing
the Council to consider where development might be directed over
the next 20 years.
It is important to note that, while
the SLAA indicates the Council’s initial assessment as to whether a
site is free of constraints likely to come forward for development,
it does not allocate development sites or grant planning
permission. As such the SLAA does not predetermine the Council’s
future assessment of sites through the local plan and development
The council made their first call for sites in
2008/2009 and completed the first Strategic Land Availability
Assessment (SLAA) of the area in November 2010. There have
been four subsequent reviews. These can all be found in
the downloads area at the bottom of this page.
Given that the Council is in the process of preparing a new
Local Plan, a new and comprehensive SLAA has been prepared. This is
also available at the bottom of the page.
In preparing the new SLAA, the Council
undertook a new ‘call for sites’ that ran for 8 weeks
between Friday, 14 March and Friday, 9 May 2014. Surveys of
sites were then completed during Summer and Autumn 2014.
Council officers also spoke to the promoters of land in
meetings during December 2014 and January 2015 to discuss
their sites in more detail. Sites were then subject to a
comprehensive desktop assessment of suitability.
Full details of the methodology used to assess
sites is set out in the SLAA Main Report below. Volumes 1- 4
comprises the completed sites assessment proforma for the 425 sites
that have been assessed.
Of the 425 sites assessed, 336 sites have been
assessed as being unsuitable for development. A total of 89 sites
have been identified as being suitable for accommodating housing
development, with an approximate capacity of 12,708 units, of which
11,381 do not currently benefit from an extant permission (although
5000 of these units are accommodated on the Lodge Hill site).
Following the publication of the SLAA and
the public engagement in the process as a part of the Issues and
Options Consultation (January – February 2016) work is
currently underway to update SLAA. It is expected that the update
will be completed and published in January 2017 alongside the next
Local Plan consultation.
National Planning Practice Guidance
National Planning Practice Guidance has been
published on the assessment of land availability. The process
is summarised in the flowchart below, with Medway’s programme
alongside. Updates on Medway's timetable will be provided in
National Planning Practice Guidance
Flowchart (pdf, 13KB)
Current SLAA Site Submission proforma (pdf, 347KB)
SLAA Main Report November
2015 (pdf, 3,420KB), Volume 1 - Maps of SLAA sites
(pdf, 19,260KB), Volume 2 - sites 1 - 298 (pdf, 8,889KB),
Volume 3 - sites 300 - 797 (pdf,
12,538KB), Volume 4 - sites 800 - 1114 (pdf,
2014 call for sites Pro
forma (pdf, 100KB) for reference purposes only as
call for sites now closed
Copy of letter/email sent calling for sites 14 March 2014
Medway SLAA Fourth Review January
2014 (pdf, 6,144KB)
SLAA Third Review January 2013 (pdf 5,669KB)
Medway SLAA Second Review January 2012 [with employment- retail
tables] (pdf 6,219KB)
Medway SLAA First Review
May 2011 (pdf 5,617KB)
Medway SLAA November 2010 (pdf 5,068KB)
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National Planning Practice Guidance - Assessment of Land
National Planning Policy Framework