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Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessments (HELAA) are studies that form part of the evidence base for the preparation of Local Plans. They help identify potential sites that may be deliverable and developable for new housing, employment and other uses over a period that looks forward over the next 15 years (or the period of the Local Plan).

The Local Authorities within the Exeter housing market area (Teignbridge, Mid Devon, East Devon and Exeter, with the addition of Dartmoor) have worked together since 2007 to produce a methodology for undertaking the housing element of the HELAA (formally referred to as Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAAs). This 2017 version supersedes previous SHLAA methodology updates.


HELAA Methodology

A joint methodology sets out how the HELAA process is undertaken in the sub-region. The current version of the methodology can be found below:

Exeter Housing Market Area HELAA Methodology (April 2017)

Terms of Reference and Constitution

SHLAA History  

SCLAA History


Call for Sites 8 February – 22 March 2021

A Call for Sites has been launched by the Council to run from 8 February to 22 March 2021. The Call for Sites provides individuals and organisations with the opportunity to suggest sites to the Council that they think have the potential to be developed for housing, economic or other uses. Those that submit a site within the consultation period will be considered wholly and where appropriate taken through the HELAA process. Those that are submitted outside the consultation period will still be accepted by the Council and where possible considered.

The development potential of sites put forward during the Call will be assessed by local authority officers and a panel of representatives from the housing and economic development industries. The conclusions will be published in a HELAA. Please note that the HELAA is a technical assessment of sites that could potentially contribute towards the future supply of housing and employment land and other uses. The HELAA therefore does not set planning policy, but provides background evidence on the potential availability of sites. Decisions on site allocations will be made during the process of preparing the Local Plan. The inclusion of sites in a HELAA should not be seen as an intention to allocate these sites for development, or that planning permission will be granted.

You do not have to own a site in order to suggest it for development, but we do ask that you provide us with a copy of the site's Title Plan and Title Deeds (which can be obtained from the Land Registry for a small fee) and that you speak to the landowner before submitting the form. 

A site should only be suggested for housing development if it could accommodate at least 5 homes or it measures at least 0.15 hectares.  A site should only be suggested for economic development if it measures at least 0.25 hectares or could provide at least 500m2 of floor space.  Sites must lie within the area covered by Mid Devon District Council.

You must provide a map at a suitable scale, clearly showing the boundaries of the site and the area suitable for development if different. Please plot the site using the Geographical Information System (GIS) with this form, and / or attach this information. We can accept information in all common file formats (i.e. pdf, .jpg, .shp, .dbf).

Please ensure you have a digital version of Land Registry details of each site, including both Title Register and Title Plan as this will need to be uploaded as part of this process (Please ensure the file name does not include any special characters or spaces).

Submitting details of a site will take at least 30 minutes and you will need to complete the process in one session.

If you experience any difficulties when completing the online form, have any questions about the HELAA or need the online form to be provided in an alternative format, please contact the Forward Planning Team.

For details on how we'll use this information, please see our privacy notice.

To submit a site please use our Call for Sites Online Form.

Once you have completed the online form, you will receive a confirmatory email containing a unique reference code. Please use that code when corresponding with the Council about your submission. The Council will contact you once your site has been assessed and the HELAA is published.  This is likely to be towards the end of 2021.

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