Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

As a local authority we must assess the amount of land available for housing and economic development in Buckinghamshire, in accordance with the:

This assessment is called the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). It is a technical study that determines the suitability, availability and achievability of land for development.

The HELAA is an important evidence source to inform plan-making.

It does not:

  • represent policy
  • determine whether a site should be allocated for future development
  • determine whether planning permission should be granted.

Land allocations can only be made through local plans or neighbourhood plans.

Call for sites

When sites are submitted to us through the 'call for sites' process we will technically assess them in the HELAA.

You can view a list and map of the previous brownfield sites we've received.

We are now undertaking a wider call for sites.

Comment on the draft Buckinghamshire HELAA methodology

A draft Buckinghamshire HELAA methodology is available for consultation until Sunday 11 September 2022.

To submit your comments on the draft HELAA methodology you can:

You may also respond in writing to:

Planning Policy
Buckinghamshire Council
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1BB