The council is undertaking a borough-wide assessment of land that is suitable to accommodate new homes.
The local authority has issued a ‘Call for Sites’ consultation, encouraging landowners to notify them of land that could be a future site for housing. The results of the consultation will help to inform the preparation of a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).
Marcus Plaw, South West director of planning at LSH, said: “We are making landowners and developers aware of the opportunity to present to the council sites with residential development potential.
“The council requires this information to assess housing land supply and ultimately the delivery of new homes to meet future needs. Of key importance to the Government and councils nationwide is the delivery of homes – with planned amendments to planning legislation continuing to support this.”
Marcus added: “Presenting available development sites will assist the council in the preparation of a new Local Plan. Whilst this Call for Sites initiative does not determine whether a submitted site is allocated for residential development, it assists the council in identifying small and larger strategic development sites when it is time to consider new land allocations in the local plan preparation process.
“The council has asked for site details and a review of constraints to help estimate when a site could be built out. Submissions should therefore be drafted carefully and supported by helpful information and evidence where available.”
The council must be notified of potential sites by 30 April to be considered in the 2015 SHLAA update.