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1. Housing and economic land availability assessment (HELAA)

The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) helps to identify future sources of land to help meet development needs. It is a technical study of all potential land for housing and economic uses (such as offices and retail). It was formerly restricted to just housing land and was referred to as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

A joint methodology has been prepared by Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Slough Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council.  The methodology will be used to assess the land proposed for development.  It sets out the way the councils broadly propose to assess the suitability of land put forward for development; whether it is available, achievable and whether the development could realistically be built in the timescales expected.

Berkshire HELAA Methodology

The latest HELAA report is available below.

A 'Call for Sites' was undertaken between 14 July and 25 August 2017. This ’Call for Sites’ will be used to update the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) with the latest information.