Background policy evidence

We collect evidence through case studies and also use data gathered by other bodies to inform our planning policy making processes. Evidence is continually gathered in key areas with some documents updated regularly and others only when required.

The evidence documents are listed below under the key areas that need to be considered in planning policy making. The documents listed under each area will help you understand how policies have been influenced and shaped:

Forest Heath Local Plan background evidence

Paragraph 158 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that, 'Each local planning authority should ensure that the Local Plan is based on adequate, up-to-date and relevant evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area'.

We have used a number of documents/methods based on research and evidence to help inform and develop the April 2016 Forest Heath Core Strategy Single Issue Review (SIR) Preferred Option and the Site Allocations Local Plan (SALP) Preferred Options document.

This report sets out the key evidence that has been used, with a short summary of the purpose and description of content. The evidence base documents referred to in this report can be read the Forest Heath Local Plan Background Evidence page (updated November 2016)

Economy

Forest Heath St Edmundsbury Joint West Suffolk
Forest Heath employment land review 2016 St Edmundsbury employment land review 2017 Joint Western Suffolk employment land study 2008-2025
  St Edmundsbury industrial and business land availability study June 2007  

Environment

Forest Heath St Edmundsbury Joint West Suffolk
Forest Heath strategic flood risk assessment level 2 October 2011 St Edmundsbury rural sites 2012 ecological assessment Suffolk landscape character assessment
Forest Heath water cycle study stage 2: full strategy October 2011 St Edmundsbury rural sites 2010 ecological assessment Visitor Survey Results from Breckland SPA (May 2011)
PPG17: An Assessment of Open Space, Sport and Recreation Facilities in Forest Heath
Overview and Summary November 2008
Bury St Edmunds district heating study 2011 Stone Curlew Buffers in the Brecks (2016)
Forest Heath supporting statement natural environment 2009 St Edmundsbury green infrastructure 2009 Joint infrastructure and environmental capacity appraisal 2009
    Joint strategic flood risk assessment and water cycle study 2009
    Braintree District, Haverhill and Clare water cycle study 2009

General

Forest Heath St Edmundsbury Joint West Suffolk
Forest Heath Settlement Profiles 2016 Bury St Edmunds Vision 2031 infrastructure delivery plan January 2014 District profile - (Datashine:Census) or (Suffolk Observatory)
  Haverhill Vision 2031 infrastructure delivery plan January 2014  
  Rural Vision 2031 infrastructure delivery plan January 2014 - to follow  
  Site Submissions (St Edmundsbury) Vision 2031  
  St Edmundsbury Prince's Foundation Vision 2031 final report 2011  
  St Edmundsbury core strategy infrastructure delivery plan April2010  

Housing

Forest Heath St Edmundsbury Joint West Suffolk
Forest Heath Objectively Assessed Housing Need January and August 2016 St Edmundsbury housing requirements study 2005 West Suffolk gypsy and traveller accommodation needs assessment (GTANA) update 2016
Forest Heath Market Signals and Objectively Assessed Housing Need February 2016   West Suffolk gypsy and traveller accommodation needs assessment (GTANA) update 2012

Update on Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) in the Cambridge Sub-Region Housing Market Area – February 2017

  Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2013 (SHMA)
A note for clarification by Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group to support Forest Heath District Council in objectively assessing and evidencing development needs for housing - January 2017   Joint West Suffolk Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2016 (SHLAA)
Forest Heath trends in economy, population and housing November 2011   West Suffolk housing strategy

Retail

Forest Heath St Edmundsbury Joint West Suffolk
Forest Heath Retail and Leisure Study 2016 St Edmundsbury Retail and Leisure Study 2016 Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury Retail Impact Threshold Advice 2014
Forest Heath Retail and Town Centre Study 2011 St Edmundsbury retail appraisal report January 2012  
Forest Heath supporting statement, retail March 2009    
Forest Heath retail and town centre study 2006    

Transport

Forest Heath St Edmundsbury Joint West Suffolk
Forest Heath AECOM, transport impact study 2009 Bury St Edmunds junction assessments 2013 Suffolk local transport plan (Suffolk County Council website)
  Haverhill transport assessment 2010  
  Bury St Edmunds transport impacts November 2009  

Historic documents

Our planning policies are also underpinned by national planning policy produced by central government.