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.  These can be found on our Adopted Local Plan Evidence documents page and includes a Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA)

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.

Need for Employment Land Report (PDF Document, 1.95 Mb) - an assessment of future employment land requirements in the district, completed in November 2020.

Start up Workspace Demand Report (PDF Document, 0.67 Mb) - an analysis of the demand for start up business premises in the district, completed in December 2020. 

Strategic Distribution Study prepared for the Leicester and Leicestershire authorities and completed in April 2021 is the latest of a series of studies into this sector. 

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.

Retail Study Update Report (PDF Document, 0.67 Mb) - A partial review of the above study which explores the implications of recent changes including new housing, population and expenditure forecasts; potential implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and changes to the Use Classes Order.  It provides as revised quantitative and qualitative assessment of the need for new retail and leisure uses within the district, completed in November 2020.  This report should be read alongside the above 2019 Study. 

Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Study - February 2021 (PDF Document, 3.58 Mb) - This study provides evidence on the likely technical potential for different forms of renewable and low carbon energy in the district.

Area of Separation Study (with Appendices 1 & 2) (PDF Document, 0.89 Mb) and Area of Separation Study (Appendix 3) (PDF Document, 9.89 Mb) - An assessment of the Area of Separation between Coalville and Whitwick, including the appropriateness of the boundary used in the adopted Local Plan.

Local Housing Needs Assessment - Report 1 (PDF Document, 0.26 Mb) - This report is the first of three that will be provided and deals with the overall level of housing need in the District. Subsequent reports will consider the profile of the population and housing (including looking at a smaller area (i.e. below District level)) and also the needs of particular groups in the population – including consideration of affordable housing need and the needs of older and disabled persons.

Potential Strategic Sites Infrastructure Study (PDF Document, 2.35 Mb) - This study sets out the infrastructure implications of six potential strategic development sites focused around the 'Leicestershire International Gateway' area in the northern part of the district.

Landscape Sensitivity Study - Part 1 (PDF Document, 66.27 Mb) and Landscape Sensitivity Study - Part 2 (PDF Document, 72.86 Mb) - a landscape and visual sensitivity study that assesses the sensitivity, in landscape terms, of different parts of the district to new development. The study has been split into two parts due to the size of the document. 

A Landscape Sensitivity Study has been undertaken of four potential mixed use sites in the northern part of the district. The Appraisal of Sites A, B, C and D (PDF Document, 23.05 Mb) provides a strategic assessment of landscape and visual sensitivity. 

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Last updated: Fri 21 May, 2021 @ 09:21