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Published - January 2024

Employment Land Monitor Report

Methodology

This section will explain the data collection methods used to analyse employment land availability within the district.  It provides information relating to employment land data between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. An analysis has been undertaken of all new sites with planning approvals within the periods stated above. The survey identifies and records sites that have been completed, sites that are currently under construction and sites with outstanding planning permission, yet to be implemented. Any existing employment land which was lost to non-employment uses during the monitoring year has also been recorded. Sites identified for the purposes of this report are those that fall within Class B of the Use Classes Order. These are defined as:

Class B1a

General offices

Class B1b

Call centres

Class B1c

Research and development

B2

Light industry

B3

General industry

B4

Storage and Distribution

The methodology has been revised since the publication of the last report to allow for more accurate reporting which removes the risk of double counting yields where there is more than one extant approval on a site. The monitor also captures instances where there is a loss and a gain of employment floorspace as part of the same proposal.

The process followed to produce the employment land monitor is summarised at Appendix A.

The Monitor presents a register of potential employment land, based on current planning policy designations and planning permissions [Footnote 1]. It is the role of an Urban Capacity Study (UCS) and the Employment Land Review which will be undertaken from time to time, to assess the suitability, availability and achievability of monitored sites to contribute to a viable supply of land.

 
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