Background Information for the Local Plan (formerly LDF)
To support the many plans, policies and strategies within the
Local Plan (formerly Local Development Framework) substantial
evidence requires to be completed. All information in support of
the Local Plan will be gathered together and made available on
this web page with a brief explanation of the document.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
Planning Policy Statement 3 (Housing) brought in a
requirement for the Local Planning Authority to produce a Strategic
Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) that demonstrates a
rolling 5 year supply of housing land. Below is the most up to date
SHLAA which sets out the Local Planning Authority's position with
regard to housing land as of April 2012 and makes projections in
relation to the supply of housing land for the period up to 2030
(as will be covered by the Local Plan).
It should be noted that the SHLAA is a technical document to
identify potential sites for housing and any inclusion of sites
within the document does not necessarily mean that a site will make
it into the Local Plan. Detailed policy decisions on whether
specific sites are acceptable will not be made at this stage.
Inclusion in this document suggests that a site meets a minimum
level of criteria, is available and could be developed within the
Interim Housing Position Paper
Scarborough Borough Council has elected to establish an interim
position on housing. The Borough Council’s Planning and Development
Committee and Cabinet considered a report and ‘background’ paper
that addressed the various demands and pressures on the housing
market locally, and subsequently identifying a series of
‘principles’ that will enable progress to be maintained on the
Local Plan (formerly Local Development Framework), and
information that may be material to other planning-related
decisions that may need to be taken in the short to medium
Landscape Character Assessment
This Landscape Character Assessment (finalised in 2013)
forms part of the evidence base for the Scarborough Borough Local
Plan and informs the direction of future landscape planning policy.
It will also provide evidence at strategic level for Development
Management decisions. It describes, assesses and evaluates the
character of the rural landscapes of Scarborough, identifying
broadly aspects of the landscape which would be sensitive to
change, and appropriate strategies for the landscapes.
The qualities and sensitivities of the
Borough’s landscape are drawn out at a strategic scale in the
companion volume 1. Volume 2 adds
detail to that report, assessing the sensitivity of the local
landscape of potential housing allocations to residential and mixed
use development of the type and scale anticipated in Scarborough
during the Local Plan period. To view the reports, please use the
This report, finalised
in February 2013, is the Scarborough Borough
infrastructure assessment. It sets out the level of
infrastructure that could be required to meet the growth
aspirations of the Borough.
In 2007, a Retail Study of the
Borough was completed to inform the production of the LDF and
provide evidence for future examinations. This study is now updated
using the latest population data and expenditure growth
projections. The update study is intended to provide a sound basis
on which to progress with the emerging Local Plan.
North Yorkshire Strategic Housing Market
The research provides a thorough and robust evidence base to
support the development of appropriate housing and planning
strategies and contribute to wider sub-regional housing market
assessment work. Specifically, the research: identifies and
analyses Scarborough Borough’s current and future housing market
and how it relates to the wider sub-region; reviews housing demand
and housing need; identifies affordable housing requirements; and
provides policy guidance on meeting identified requirements.
The Appendix document follows a similar structure to the North
Yorkshire SHMA report. It draws on both primary and secondary data
where appropriate, and should be read alongside the North Yorkshire
SHMA report as providing strategic context to the analysis
presented. To view the documents please use the links below.
Please note that due to the large filesize of some of
the documents they may take a little while to open.
Affordable Housing Economic Viability
An Affordable Housing Economic Viability Assessment (AHEVA) was
carried out to inform the Council’s further development of its
affordable housing policies. The study contributes to a robust
evidence base to support the preparation of the Council’s planning
policy documents relating to affordable housing. It provides
parameters and options for the Council to consider for affordable
housing policy development from a viability perspective. The
Council will need to consider these findings alongside wider policy
considerations and overall priorities.
Scoping Report for the Local Development
Sustainability Appraisal is a
process through which the sustainability of a plan under
preparation is assessed. The Planning and Compulsory Act
(2004) requires local planning authorities to carry out a
Sustainability Appraisal of their LDF process. This is to
compel local planning authorities to work towards achieving
sustainable development thus enabling residents to satisfy their
basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising
quality of life for future generations.
Scarborough Borough Council is
currently undertaking a Sustainability Appraisal of their LDF
process. The first stage in the Sustainability Appraisal
process is the scoping stage, the results of which are presented in
the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (see link below).
The Scoping Report sets out the Sustainability Appraisal framework
which will be used to appraise all Development Plan Documents and
Supplementary Planning Documents.
The document can be viewed by using the links below (report is
split for quicker download).
Scarborough Growth Potential Study
The Growth Study is an assessment of
Scarborough town’s economic, social, environmental and
infrastructure capacity to grow and expand in the future. The
report sets out the scope and conditions of growth of the town.
It should be noted that this
study has been conducted within the dynamic context of the
development of the Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Spatial
Strategy (RSS). In addition to influencing and steering the Spatial
Development Strategy and Policies of the forthcoming Scarborough
Borough Local Development Framework (LDF), the critical outcome of
this study is to influence the strategic policies to be included
within the RSS.
Scarborough Borough Employment Land
This study has been undertaken to assess the current usage and
future need for employment land within the Borough of Scarborough,
in order to inform the ongoing economic, planning and development
activities within the Borough. The document also includes
Employment Land Maps that provide an overview of the existing
employment land situation within the Borough.
Existing Policy Documents