Evidence base: homes

The Local plan considers the local housing market and availability of land suitable for building new homes.


Brownfield Land Register

The Brownfield Land Register provides up-to-date information on brownfield land in Calderdale

This is for land that is considered suitable, available and achievable for residential development. Note: It does not grant planning permission for sites.

The Government has published a document on what information should be included in a Register, along with guidance:

Note: There is no requirement to formally consult on the Brownfield Land Register.

If you have any comments on specific sites contained within the Register, please send them by email to: spatial.planning@calderdale.gov.uk .

The Register will be reviewed at least annually.


Strategic housing land availability (SHLAA) 2014

The SHLAA 2014 review provides an unconstrained first look at the potential for housing in Calderdale. It meets the requirements of the National planning policy framework and Planning Practice Guidance. These are issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

New sites from a range of sources, including those from the ongoing Site Submissions (Call for Sites), have been considered. Some existing sites were reassessed to reflect additional information received during the review year. For more on sites included in Site submissions, see:

Site submissions search

Note: Sites included in the SHLAA do not have any official planning status. The document does not overwrite the statutory development plan, nor form proposals for the allocation of land as part of the Local plan.

To help understand the context for preparing the SHLAA and its status, read: PDFSHLAA briefing note [PDF 344KB] .

SHLAA 2014 report and appendices

A version of the SHLAA, against which technical comments can be made during the review year, is available, visit: Local plan consultations .


Strategic housing market assessment (SHMA)

The SHMA (2015) examines how the housing market operates in Calderdale and replace the 2011 assessment. The assessment was undertaken by Turley, in partnership with Edge Analytics specialist demographic consultancy.

It defines the level of need for both open-market housing and affordable housing. This also assesses the key drivers for housing growth including future demographic and employment trends.

The research takes account of market signals and identifies the housing needs of specific groups, such as older people.

This assessment is required by the Government to provide evidence for future housing policy and to inform Calderdale’s Local Plan.

The Economic viability assessment (2011), assesses the implications of affordable housing on the viability of housing development sites:


Housing technical paper

The Housing Technical Paper (2017), provides a comprehensive overview of the housing evidence included in the Local Plan.

It includes cross-references to specific studies undertaken to inform the housing elements of the Local Plan. These specific studies can found on this evidence page.

This paper will be updated before Publication of the Local Plan:


Self-build and custom house building register

Since 1st April 2016, local authorities have been required to keep a register.

This is for individuals and associations seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in their area. For the building of homes for those individuals to occupy.

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own homes. It also wants to make this form of housing a mainstream housing option.

Please complete a Self and custom build register form .

What are self build and custom build

Self-build and custom build describe situations where individuals or groups are involved in creating their own homes. The amount of personal involvement will vary. For example, some self-builders physically build all or part of a home themselves. At the other end of the scale, developers find sites, then seek self-build clients. They then build homes to the clients' specification, under contract.

  • Self-build homes

    Self-build describes projects where the people involved play a very significant part in the process. They may help organise the project by commissioning architects and builders, or do some construction or finishing work themselves. Self-building does not necessarily mean picking up bricks and physically doing the work. Most self-builders will be involved in the creative side of the process.

  • Custom build homes

    Custom build describes a more 'hands-off' approach, where a specialist developer coordinates the whole process for the client.

  • Affordable housing and rental schemes

    Affordable housing can also be self-built. In a rented custom build scheme, tenants can be involved in self-build or agreeing to 'self-finish' homes. This can be in return for reduced rents or other benefits.

How we will use information from the register

By registering, you help the Council find out about demand for self and custom build plots in the Borough. Such as, where people want plots and types of houses they want to build.

We use this information to explore possible ways to bring people and plots together. The Council is exploring opportunities to make land available for self-build and custom housebuilding.

Note: Registration does not guarantee a suitable plot will be found, or become available.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register to anyone outside the Council, without written consent of that person.


Gypsy and traveller communities

Calderdale and Kirklees Baseline Census, Gypsy and Traveller Communities: Jan - Feb 2015

Leeds GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Exchange) were commissioned by Calderdale and Kirklees Councils to produce a baseline census.

This was for the numbers of Gypsy and Traveller people living in the two local authorities. This included data on their ages and the types of accommodation they live in.

Calderdale Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Show person accommodation assessment: Aug 2015

Arc4 were commissioned by Calderdale and Kirklees Councils to undertake a joint Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessment.

This was to identify the housing needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling show people across Calderdale and Kirklees.

The objective of the Assessment was to inform the Local Plan policies and allocations. Separate reports were produced for each district. For Calderdale's assessment, read:

The findings from the Leeds GATE report were employed to sensitivity test alternative household numbers.

Next steps

The Council has studied the evidence in the above reports and developed a methodology for assessing sites for suitability.

The Council has assessed in excess of 1600 sites (as of July 2017).

The Local Plan Initial Draft, puts forward a selection of sites and invites suggestions for new sites or alternatives.

For more details, or to make a comment, visit: Housing - Policy HS8 - Meeting the Need of Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople" .


Strategic vision for Southeast Calderdale

The Council has commissioned a strategic master planning exercise for part of Southeast Calderdale.

This considers how development could take place on land at Brighouse, looking at the constraints and opportunities. This includes infrastructure requirements associated with the potential creation of these sustainable urban extensions.

How the ideas within the Strategic vision could go forward will be incorporated into the draft Local Plan.

Two Garden Suburbs are identified at Brighouse based on the Strategic Vision:

  • numbered LP1451 (Woodhouse, Rastrick); and
  • LP1463 (Highmoor Lane, Thornhills Lane).

These are part of the Regulation 18 Consultation released in August 2017.

For more information, download: PDFStrategic vision for Southeast Calderdale [PDF 4434KB] .


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