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What is an evidence base?

An evidence base is a collection of information we use to understand the area where we live and work. This includes such studies on issues including housing, employment and the environment.

It also includes programmes and strategies developed by the council, its partners and other key organisations with an interest in North West Leicestershire.

The studies, strategies, programmes and statistics that make up the evidence base are crucial to producing a robust Local Plan review.

What makes up the Local Plan review evidence base?

A number of studies that were undertaken to aid the preparation of the current Local Plan are still relevant to the Local Plan review.  You can view the list of evidence that was submitted to the now adopted Local Plan Examination.  We also produced a Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) and a Strategic Distribution Study.

We have now started producing additional/new evidence specifically for the Local Plan review.  These will appear below as they progress.

Sustainability Appraisal - Read about our ongoing progress on producing a Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a health impact assessment and equalities impact assessment) of the emerging Local Plan review.

Review of Existing Employment Sites (PDF Document, 5.68 Mb) - A review of existing active employment sites and sites under construction in the district, completed in January 2019.

Retail and Leisure Capacity Study (PDF Document, 4.75 Mb) - An assessment of existing and future retail and leisure requirements in the district, completed in February 2019.

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