As part of the technical evidence base to inform our Local Plan Review, 5 year supply of housing land and brownfield register, we are undertaking a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA), which will identify potential sites and assess whether they are suitable, available and achievable for housing, employment or other economic development uses over the plan period. Further guidance is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/housing-and-economic-land-availability-assessment.

The HELAA only identifies sites with potential for future development, it does not allocate sites or imply that planning permission would be granted for development.

As part of the current consultation on our update to the Torbay Local Plan 2012-30, with a particular focus on the supply of housing in Torbay, we are running a ‘Call for Sites’ to identify land for development.  If you would like to put forward land, whether as a landowner, agent, individual, developer, neighbourhood forum or other community group, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Sites need not necessarily be in your ownership, so if you want a site (or sites) to be considered, we want to hear from you.

General Guidance

  • Sites must be within the Torbay Council administrative boundary. If a site crosses the administrative boundary into another local authority (South Hams or Teignbridge), it can still be put forward, but please let us know the full extent of the site.
  •  As well as new sites, sites can be suggested which are already allocated, have been assessed in previous Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAAs), have an expired or extant planning permission, and those that are already under construction.
  • You do not need to own a site in order to put it forward, however, we will need the landowner’s contact details.
  • A map of the site should be provided at an appropriate scale, clearly and accurately showing its boundaries.
  •  Use one form per site.
  • The development potential of eligible sites promoted will be assessed by Torbay Council officers and a panel of representatives from the housing and economic development industries. Conclusions will be published in a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) and this will be published on this website.

The related privacy notice can be found at www.torbay.gov.uk/helaa-pn