Housing Technical Paper [EXAM 113]

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2. Key Evidence studies

2.1 Overview

2.1.1 A wide range of technical studies were used to inform the site selection process for housing sites and are referred to in this Technical Paper. These form the supporting evidence base that was submitted alongside the Local Plan in April 2018 and should be read alongside this Technical Paper. Table 1, below, summarises the purpose of each technical document and how they were used in the site selection process.

2.2 Evidence Base

Table 1. Summary of Evidence Base

Document Reference

Technical Evidence Document

Summary

ED C01

Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

Was used to inform the Stage A Site Assessment process and identify any sites that needed further assessment.

ED C02

Level 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment [Vol. 1]

Was used to inform the Stage B Site Assessment process and assessed both fluvial and surface water flood risk for all strategic sites that passed Stage A.

ED C03

Level 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment [Vol. 2]

Was used to inform the Stage B Site Assessment process and assessed both fluvial and surface water flood risk for all sites that passed Stage A.

ED C04

Water Cycle Study Stage 1

Was used to inform the Stage A Site Assessment process.

ED C10

Central Bedfordshire & Luton Stage 1 & 2 Green Belt Study

Was used to inform the Stage A Site Assessment process. Indicated the level of contribution each parcel of green belt made to the 5 purposes of green belt, as set out in the NPPF.

ED C11

Central Bedfordshire Stage 3 Green Belt Study

Was used to inform the Stage B Site Assessment process. Indicated the level of contribution each parcel of green belt made to the 5 purposes of green belt, as set out in the NPPF.

ED C12

Green Belt Topic Paper

Used to demonstrate exceptional circumstances for those sites that are being released from the green belt.

ED C15

Luton HMA Growth Options Study

Provided a high level assessment of options for growth in the Luton Housing Market Area (HMA) that informed the Growth Strategy and the distribution of sites across Central Bedfordshire.

ED C16

North Central Bedfordshire Growth Options Study

Provided a high level assessment of options for growth in the North of Central Bedfordshire area that informed the Growth Strategy and the distribution of sites.

ED C30

Sustainability Appraisal [Reg. 18]

Used to assess the small and medium and strategic allocations in comparison to reasonable alternatives.

ED C31

Sustainability Appraisal [Reg. 19]

Used to assess the small and medium and strategic allocations in comparison to reasonable alternatives.

ED C34

Archaeological Assessment

Was used to inform the Stage A Site Assessment process.

ED C37

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

Assess all the housing allocations and assesses their suitability, availability and achievability.

ED C42

Initial Settlement Capacity Study

Informed the decision making process behind where Central Bedfordshire will see its housing growth, dependant on the capacity of each settlement.

ED D02

CBC Duty to Cooperate Statement

Identifies how the outcomes of the Duty to Cooperate have influenced the Strategy up to the point of Submission. Includes the 'Luton HMA Growth Options Position Statement' that confirms the agreed distribution of growth and unmet need within the Luton HMA.

ED F01

Site Assessment Technical Document

Initial assessment of sites that came forward during the call for sites process, prior to the SHLAA. Identifies sites which are considered worthy of further assessment, and those which are not.

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