Studies and evidence reports

Studies and evidence reports

This page provides details on a range of studies and background information relevant to informing planning applications and which may also be of value to other organisations and communities.

Housing Studies

This section provides the housing studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These housing related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) provides information about potential future sources of land for housing in Northumberland. It identifies sites with potential for housing, assesses the sites with housing potential and assesses their suitability for housing and the likelihood of development coming forward in the future (the availability and achievability).

The SHLAA is not a policy document and, therefore, does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing, or granted planning permission. It will inform the Council’s five year supply of deliverable sites. It identifies the potential supply of housing land up to 2031 and beyond. The assessment comprises of the following documents: For all large SHLAA sites, the location and the assessment can be viewed using the Council’s Digital Map System.
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) examined the housing market, demand, need and supply, in order to help inform the Council's Local Plan and Housing Strategy. This report supersedes the draft SHMA from December 2014. Click here to view the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (October 2015).
Local Housing Needs Assessments
Local Housing Need Assessments complement the SHMA by providing local evidence about affordable housing need and the housing mix required. The assessments support the implementation of housing policies in the emerging Northumberland Local Plan and the development and implementation of policies in neighbourhood plans. Below are the list of assessments:
 
Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment
The Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment looks at the need for sites and accommodation in Northumberland. Click here to view the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (October 2015).

Economy & Retail Studies

This section provides the economy and retail studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These economy and retail related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

Town Centres and Retail Study
The Town Centres and Retail Study looks at town centre and retail uses across Northumberland to assess the vitality and viability of the town centres, identify town centre and primary shopping area boundaries, alongside assess where new retail floor space is required. Below are the original and updated studies:


Northumberland Town Centre and Retail Study 2011 (Original)


​Northumberland Town Centre and Retail Study (Update)

Northumberland Town Centre and Retail Study (Addendum)
Employment Land Review (ELR)
The Employment Land Review (ELR) assesses the demand and supply of land for employment use in the county. It comprises of the following documents:
 
Employment Land & Premises Demand Study
The Employment Land & Premises Demand Study is a review of the market demand for land and premises for industrial, office and warehouse development across Northumberland. The recommended changes to the employment land portfolio in the employment land review (2011) were reviewed in relation to the evidence in the report and new recommendations made where appropriate. Click here to view the Employment Land and Premises Demand Study (July 2015).
Employment Land Take-up Study
The Employment Land Take-up Study reviews take-up of land on allocated employment sites for industrial, office and warehousing development, and the use of land for other commercial operations or non-employment land uses. Click here to view the Northumberland Employment Land Take-up Study 1999 to 2016 (January 2017).
Employment Land Schedule
The Employment Land Schedule is part of a regular monitoring exercise undertaken annually by the Council. Click here to view Northumberland Employment Sites Schedule for 2015-2016.
Individual Town Benchmarking Reports and Summary Report
The Individual Town Benchmarking Reports and Summary Report assesses the health of twelve town centres. It was carried on behalf of outside agencies but is no longer published elsewhere. Below are the list of reports from the study:
 

Population Forecasting Studies

This section provides the population forecasting studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These population forecasting related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

Northumberland County Level Demographic Analysis and Forecasts
The Northumberland Demographic Analysis and Forecasts (County Level and Sub-County Level) presents population and household forecasts, based on different demographic scenarios, using a range of migration and economic assumptions. These scenarios helped establish the objectively assessed need for housing as indicated in the Northumberland strategic housing market assessment. Click here to view the Northumberland Demographic Analysis and Forecasts (March 2017).

Flooding and Water Environment Studies

This section provides the flooding and water environment studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These flooding and water environment related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)
The SFRA looks at flood risk from a variety of water sources to identify areas susceptible to flooding, as well as the risk of flooding of potential development sites. The Level 1 assessment examines sources of flood risk and identifies key high risk areas, which could be viewed below:
 
Level 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)
The Level 2 SFRA provides a more detailed of assessment of areas that have previously been identified as potential development locations in the Northumberland Local Plan. Click here to view the Level 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report (October 2015).
Outline Water Cycle Study
The Outline Water Cycle Study looks at the capacity of wastewater treatment works and the sewer network to accommodate an increase in waste water from any potential new development, as well as available water resources and flooding. Click here to view Northumberland Outline Water Cycle Study Report (May 2012).
Detailed Water Cycle Study
In addition to the aforementioned Outline Water Cycle Study, a Detailed Water Cycle Study has been conducted to identify in detail the constraints on planned housing and employment growth and identifies any mitigation required to facilitate development. Below are the documents for the study:
 

Landscape and Green Spaces Studies

This section provides the landscape and green space studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These landscape and green spaces related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

Landscape Character Assessment
The Landscape Character Assessment looks at the character of the landscape, how nature has influenced it, what it has looked like historically and what things make it distinctive. The study is divided into two parts.


Part A - Landscape Classification
Part A provides an understanding of the 44 different character types and the 108 landscape character areas. The map and associated descriptions provide a background to understanding landscape and its local distinctiveness, and provide a baseline against which change can be assessed. Below are the list of documents:
 

Part B - The Changing Landscape
Part B sets out principles for each landscape character type. The principles seek to maintain and enhance the properties most valued in the landscape.
 
Northumberland Key Land Use Impact Study
Northumberland Key Land Use Impact Study study looks at the sensitivity of the landscape character areas in Northumberland to a number of key landuses and major changes that may threaten their character. The study is split into four parts, which each looking at separate land-use planning issues currently affecting Northumberland.

Northumberland Key Land Use Impact Study (September 2010)
Northumberland Green Infrastructure Strategy
Green infrastructure is a term used to describe a network of green spaces and the connections between them. This can have multiple uses, including recreation and wildlife habitat. Northumberland Green Infrastructure Strategy identifies the green infrastructure network in Northumberland and sets out recommendations on how the network and its connections can be maintained, protected and enhanced. Click here to view the Northumberland Green Infrastructure Strategy (October 2011).
South East Northumberland Green Infrastructure Strategy
The South East Northumberland Green Infrastructure Strategy sets out the vision and strategy for green infrastructure provision within southeast Northumberland to protect and improve existing poor quality green and open space, and develop new green infrastructure. Click here to view the South East Northumberland Green Infrastructure Strategy (October 2011).
Northumberland Open Space, Sport & Recreation Provision Assessment
Northumberland Open Space, Sport & Recreation Provision Assessment examines all open space, sport and recreational provision within Northumberland and proposes the establishment of local open standards. Below are the list of documents:
 
Northumberland Playing Pitch Strategy
Northumberland Playing Pitch Strategy undertakes an assessment of current and future supply and demand for sports pitches within Northumberland for the period of 2010 to 2015. Click here to view Northumberland Playing Pitch Strategy (May 2011).

We are currently in the process of updating the strategy in partnership with Sport England and the relevant pitch sport national governing bodies.

Energy Studies

This section provides the energy studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These energy related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

Renewable Energy, Low Carbon Energy Generation and Energy Efficiency Study
The Renewable Energy, Low Carbon Energy Generation and Energy Efficiency Study assesses capacity for wind energy, biomass and other renewable energy sources. It splits into three parts:
 
  • Part A - Energy efficiency and sustainable construction
  • Part B - How the delivery of a low carbon Northumberland can be enabled
  • Part C - How new policies might be set out and delivered.

Click here to view the Renewable, Low-Carbon Energy Generation and Energy Efficiency Study (February 2011).
Evaluation of the Impacts of Onshore Wind Farms on Tourism
This study was undertaken to help understand the effects of onshore wind farms on tourism. It involves four pieces of research:
  1. A desk-based study of published research that has been published on the impacts of wind farms on tourism in the UK;
  2. An online survey of potential tourists to Northumberland;
  3. An online survey of tourism-related businesses in Northumberland based on the impacts of wind farms on them; and
  4. A focus group with representatives of groups or organisations that are interested in the impacts of wind farms on tourism in Northumberland.
Click here to view the Evaluation of the Impacts of Onshore Wind Farms on Tourism (October 2014).
Landscape and Operational Wind Farms Study
The Landscape and Operational Wind Farms Study was undertaken to understand the landscape, visual and historic environment effects of operational wind farms in Northumberland. The report can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Minerals and Waste Studies

This section provides the minerals and waste studies and evidence reports that formulate the planning policies and proposals in the Northumberland Local Plan.

Following the withdrawal of the draft Northumberland Core Strategy from the examination process on 7 July 2017, the draft local plan and all documents relating to it have been removed from the local plan section of the website so as to accord with Regulation 27 of Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Council is reviewing a number of issues and the supporting documents should not be relied upon in the local plan context. However, information in these documents may remain relevant in the context of planning applications in order to inform decision making. The information may also be of value to other organisations and residents. These minerals and waste related documents are therefore published here for that purpose. It should be noted that there may be references in these documents to the now withdrawn Core Strategy.

Therefore, given the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft local plan, comments, conclusions and recommendations made within the documents should be treated with caution. Following the review being carried out, a number of these documents will be updated, or replaced, as a new Local Plan for Northumberland is prepared.

North East Aggregates Working Party Reports
North East Aggregates Working Party is one of a number of similar working parties throughout England and Wales. Membership is drawn from mineral planning authorities, central government and the aggregates industry. It is established to collect data on the sales of aggregate minerals, the reserves of aggregate minerals covered by valid planning permissions and the land banks of reserves.


Annual Aggregates Monitoring
Information on the sales and reserves of aggregate minerals form Northumberland and North East England is collected annually and published in the following reports:
 

Recommended apportionment of national guidelines for aggregates provision
National and regional guidelines for aggregates provision in England are published by central government. To take the national and regional guidelines into account in the preparation of development plans, the guidelines need to be broken down as far as possible to mineral planning authorities’ areas.

Work was conducted by the North East Aggregates Working Party to provide technical advice on how the guideline figure for North East England should be apportioned to the mineral planning authorities. Click here to view the Apportionment of North East England Guidelines for Aggregates Provision 2005-2020 Environmental Report.


Environmental Appraisal Report
Consultants were commissioned to undertake an environmental appraisal of aggregate supply scenarios for North East England. Click here to view the Environmental Appraisal of Aggregates Supply Scenarios for North East England (February 2006).
Local Aggregates Assessment (LAA)
A Local Aggregates Assessment (LAA) is prepared on an annual basis and its purpose is to assist in planning for a steady and adequate supply of aggregate minerals by assessing future demand and supply of these minerals. It is prepared jointly by the eight mineral planning authorities in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. Click here to view the Joint LAA for County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear (January 2017).
Environmental Considerations & Mineral Resources Study
Environmental Considerations & Mineral Resources Study looks at the environmental considerations that could affect the location of future mineral extraction in Northumberland. Click here to view the Environmental Considerations & Mineral Resources Study (November 2011).
Waste Arisings and Waste Management Capacity Study
Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey
A survey was taken in to understand the quantities of waste generated by businesses in Northumberland, and the report has been published in March 2011. Click here to view the North East England Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey Report (March 2011).


Waste Arisings and Management Capacity Study
This study was jointly commissioned by Northumberland, Durham and the five Tyne and Wear Councils. It forecasts waste creation to 2030 for the commercial and industrial hazardous waste streams, and compares these waste forecasts to existing and planned waste management capacity to identify if there is a gap. Click here to view the Waste Arisings and Facility Capacity Study Report (July 2012).
Low Level Radioactive Waste
Low level radioactive waste can be produced by hospitals, educational establishments, commercial laboratories and manufacturing processes. To understand the quantities of low level radioactive waste generated from the non-nuclear industry in Northumberland and how this waste is managed, a study was commissioned by us in partnership with Durham County Council and the Tyne and Wear Councils. Click here to view the Low Level Radioactive Waste Study in the North East of England (August 2013).

Monitoring Reports

We publish topic-based monitoring reports throughout the year to review our performance, report on our activities and assess the success of current planning policies. Monitoring reports used to be published on an annual basis. However, we now publish topic based reports as and when they are ready. This means information can be read as soon as it is available and we hope it makes it easier to read and digest. All the current monitoring reports are located below: