Evidence and research for planning policies

2. Housing evidence

All documents listed on this page are available on the housing evidence downloads page.

Brownfield Register

New legislation now requires local planning authorities to set up and maintain a register of previously developed sites. These are sites which are capable of being redeveloped or converted to provide housing-led development subject to more detailed assessment and any necessary permissions being granted.

To be included within the Register, sites must be:

  • Suitable for residential development: land has planning permission for housing or housing-led development; or has been allocated for such development in a Local Plan; or is considered appropriate for such development by the Council
  • Available for residential development: there is no impediment to development in terms of either ownership issues or legal constraints on the land
  • Achievable: the land is likely to be developed within 15 years of being entered on the register
  • Meet the definition of previously developed land in the National Planning Policy Framework
  • Be at least 0.25ha or capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings

The register is comprised of two parts:

  • Part 1: for sites categorised as previously developed land which are suitable, available and achievable for residential development
  • Part 2: allows local planning authorities to select sites from part one and grant Permission in Principle for housing-led development. Permission in Principle establishes the fundamental principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development. Planning permission is however not granted until Technical Details consent is applied for and approved by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council .

Part one of the register is obligatory: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has decided at this time not to produce the (optional) part two which deals with "Permission in Principle" and which therefore is not currently operational.

The register is published on the Council's website in accordance with standard data formats:

For ease of reading, a summary document has also been prepared which presents the information in a more convenient and accessible format.

The register has been prepared to commence by 31st December and it will be updated annually and at other times as appropriate. Please note a version 2 has been prepared as the register had the wrong Organisation URI.

To submit sites for the 2018 Brownfield Land Register, please use the HELAA Call for Sites form below.

For further information please see the Brownfield Land Register & Permission in Principle FAQs.

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) require local planning authorities to produce a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) to support the preparation of Local Plans. 

The HELAA identifies future sources of land for housing and economic development through:

  • Identifying site and broad locations with potential for development
  • Assessing their development potential
  • Assessing their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward (availability and achievability)

Please note that identification of sites in the HELAA should not be seen as an intention to allocate these sites for development, or that planning permission will be granted. 

HELAA 2018

HELAA 2017

Submitting sites to the HELAA

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council operate an "open" Call for Sites and accepts submissions at any time.

We are interested in land for:


  • Market housing
  • Affordable housing
  • Supported housing or accommodation for older people
  • Sites suitable for self-build plots
  • Sites with potential for Gypsies, Travelllers or Travelling Showpeople
  • Mixed use sites

Economic development:

  • Offices or business premises/ light industrial (use class B1)
  • Land for industrial sites (use class B2)
  • Warehousing (use class B8)
  • Other economic development uses including public and community uses, retail, built leisure and recreation facilities, arts, culture and tourism development. 

Please submit sites for consideration using the form below:

For sites to be considered as part of the Development Management Plan preparation process we have asked landowners and developers to submit sites before 30 January 2016.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The HELAA will incorporate and update the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) undertaken previously. 

Previous SHLAA Reports:

SHLAA Addendum 2016

SHLAA 2014

SHLAA 2012

The SHLAA 2012 updates the document published in 2011, particularly in light of changes introduced by the National Planning Policy Framework.

Errata: The full site schedule for S2012KBH08 was omitted from Appendix 3 (Part 5) of the original published report. An amended contents for Appendix 3 and the omitted schedule are available below.

Previous versions of the SHLAA are also available on request by emailing LDF@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment

The Traveller Accommodation Assessment considers the accommodation needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in the borough.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

The SHMA is intended to assist the Council's understanding of the nature and level of housing demand and need, both affordable and market. The Council completed a partial update of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment in 2012. The original document, prepared in 2008 and covering the whole of the East Surrey Housing Market, is also available to download below.

Housing Needs Technical Papers

Through the course of preparing the Core Strategy, the Council prepared a number of papers on housing need.

Affordable Housing Viability

In 2012, the Council commissioned Dixon Searle Partnership to carry out an update of the affordable housing viability evidence base in order to inform the development of policy within the revised (Proposed Submission) Core Strategy. Further assessment of economic viability was considered necessary to capture the impact of continued economic uncertainty on the property market as well as changes to the affordable housing regime introduced by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).


The Council also carries out regular monitoring on housing delivery and land supply. This is summarised in our annual Housing Delivery Monitor which includes the Council's five year land supply statement. To access this document, please visit the Housing Delivery Monitor page.