Housing (policy documents and guidance)
Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA)
The Council is required to produce a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA). The SLAA assesses particular areas of land to determine how far each is suitable, available and viable for development and will be used to help monitor relevant policies contained within the Local Plan.
Runnymede Borough Council is currently producing its 2021 Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA). The 2021 SLAA will be published in December 2021 and will be one of the key pieces of evidence that will underpin the review and update of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan.
Whilst the Call for Sites for the 2021 SLAA has now officially ended, new sites can be submitted to the Council throughout the year. The Council will incorporate sites submitted into the next iteration of the SLAA produced. Sites can be suggested for housing, employment, retail, leisure, health, Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and mixed-use schemes. The housing category includes general housing (including market and/or affordable homes), self-/custom-build schemes, Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, student accommodation, accommodation for older people, or a mix of housing types.
If you wish to suggest a new site, or to amend the details of a previously submitted site for the SLAA and/or the Brownfield Register, please complete and then submit the below Site Nomination Form to the Council:
The completed Form and a site plan (1:1250 or 1:2500 in scale), with the boundaries of the site clearly outlined, should both be submitted as attachments in an email to email@example.com, or posted to:
Planning Policy Team
Runnymede Borough Council
The above contact details can also be used to request hard copy nomination forms.
Update to the Joint Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) Methodology
The Council is currently in the process of updating the Joint Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) Methodology for Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils. We would like to invite developers and other interested stakeholders to submit any comments on this by 5pm on Monday 28th June.
SLAA (January 2018)
The 2018 SLAA report is available to view below. This evidence informed the draft Local Plan.
The 2018 SLAA site assessments are available to view in the site book. SLAA sites can be viewed in the context of the borough, showing the physical and policy constraints on Maps - Runnymede's interactive mapping service under 'Environment & Planning', 'Other Layers', 'SLAA Sites'.
The council consulted on a joint draft methodology with Spelthorne Borough Council. Representations have now been considered. The final methodology can be found in this document Strategic Land Availability Assessment Methodology (December 2015)
Strategic Housing Market Assessment - SHMA
The council is required to produce a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) in order to have a good understanding of our housing needs. It will inform our new Local Plan by helping in the identification of how many homes should be provided and of what type.
National planning policy as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local authorities preparing a Local Plan to carry out a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).
Paragraph 159 of the NPPF states that a SHMA should assess the full housing needs of an area, identify the scale and mix of housing and range of tenures that meet household and population projections, taking account of migration and demographic change as well as address the needs of specific groups in the community. The NPPF also sets out that where housing markets cross administrative boundaries authorities should work with one another.
2018 Partial update of the Runnymede-Spelthorne SHMA
The council commissioned a partial update of the Runnymede-Spelthorne SHMA in 2017 to support its consultation on its draft Local Plan. The SHMA primarily focuses on updating the relevant analysis for the borough of Runnymede. However, given that Runnymede is located in a Housing Market Area with Spelthorne Borough Council, for key elements of the analysis, the dynamics across the wider HMA are also considered which incorporates Spelthorne.
In addition, at chapter 8 of the SHMA an assessment of the need for employment land associated with the anticipated level of housing and population growth is also provided, This is to ensure that the strategies for housing and employment land are joined up. The updated employment land forecasting contained in the 2018 SHMA update supersedes the earlier employment land forecasting contained in chapter 7 of the Council's 2016 Employment Land Review. The document is available to view below.
As part of their commission to update the SHMA, GL Hearn was also asked to review representations that made detailed comments on the 2015 SHMA during the Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches (IOPA) and Additional Sites and Options (ASO) consultations.
2015 Runnymede - Spelthorne SHMA
The original 2015 SHMA produced for Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils by GL Hearn can be viewed below:
Average Unit Sizes and Minimum Housing Standards
A report has been prepared that researches the average unit sizes within the borough of Runnymede and the internal space within new dwellings to ascertain whether minimum housing standards should be a requirement.
The Average Unit Size and Minimum Housing Standards Report is available to view below: