The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA), is a technical study that determines the suitability, availability and achievability of land for development. It is an important evidence source to inform plan-making, but does not itself represent policy nor does it determine whether a site should be allocated for the future development.

The process was previously known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) has been renamed as the HELAA to reflect its ability for other uses other than housing for example employment, leisure and retail. All sites that were considered as part of the previous SHLAA (2013) were retained and carried forward into the HELAA to be considered in an up to date context.

The methodology which includes the potential assumptions to be applied as part of site assessments was consulted on in January 2016.


Consultation on the draft Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) will last for six weeks from 11 November 2016 to 23 December 2016.

Copies of the draft HELAA are available to view and have been published for inspection on the council’s website at the links below, and are also available for viewing the address below.


1 Schedule Of Suitable Housing Sites (pdf, 59kb) And Mixed Use Sites (pdf, 26kb)
2 Schedule Of Suitable Standard Economic (Offices, Industrial And Warehousing Uses) Sites (pdf, 26kb)
3 Schedule Of Discounted Sites (pdf, 38kb)
4 Site Proformas And Maps (pdf, 16 mb)
5 Schedule For Five Year Land Supply (pdf, 38kb)
6 Housing Trajectory (pdf, 54kb)
7 Sub Area Maps Of Sites (pdf, 313kb), Suitable Uses (pdf, 2.6mb) , Phasing (pdf, 2.6mb) and Discounted Sites (pdf, 2.6mb)
8 Call Out For Sites 2015 –Submission And Responses (pdf, 166kb)

Newcastle Civic Centre
City Council,
Customer Service Centre,
Barras Bridge,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 8QH,
(Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm).

Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building,
33 New Bridge St W,
Newcastle upon Tyne
(Monday to Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm).

Below is our interactive map of an indicative location of the Sites.  You can zoom in and move around, click on the site for more information, and switch the aerial photography on or off.  Click the top right button, or click here, to open the map up in a bigger screen.


Comments can be made by email or by post to the following addresses:

By post to:
Newcastle City Council, Planning Policy, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
By email to:

Following consultation, the council will consider the submissions and amend the HELAA report as required.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Planning Policy Team:
By email to:

Other documents

Brownfield register

The Government has set out its commitment to introduce a statutory brownfield register and ensure that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. Newcastle City Council was selected to participate in the Department of Communities and Local Government Brownfield Register Pilot. Newcastle as a Pilot authority is participating in this project to work with DCLG to shape and develop national policy. The register is a pilot and therefore is not a material consideration when determine planning application and does not give site Permission in Principle.
The Council is working with DGCL and will prepare their Brownfield Register for consultation once the regulation are published.

Page last updated: 
12 July 2017
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