Eastbourne Land Availability Assessment - Call for Sites and Methodology Consultation

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Call for Sites and Methodology Consultation


As part of the work being done to prepare a new plan for the future growth and change in Eastbourne, Eastbourne Borough Council is preparing a Land Availability Assessment (formerly known as Strategic Housing & Employment Land Availability Assessment [SHELAA]), which is an evidence document that identifies and assesses sites that could potentially support the development and growth of the town over the next 20 years.

In undertaking the Land Availability Assessment, Eastbourne Borough Council is inviting comments on the methodology for undertaking this work, and inviting submissions for potential sites for consideration via a ‘Call for Sites’. Please note that this “Call for Sites” will only cover the part of the Borough of Eastbourne that is outside of the South Downs National Park.

Call for Sites

Eastbourne Borough Council is undertaking a “Call for Sites” to help to identify land that could deliver a variety of development and community needs. Landowners, developers and communities are invited to come forward with sites that they consider could form part of a new local plan.

To download a guidance note providing further information on submitting a site, please click here

To submit a site for consideration in the Land Availability Assessment via the on-line form, please click here

To download a PDF form to complete and return by email, please click here 

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The purpose of the Call for Sites is to gain an up-to-date understanding of the type, quantity and location of land that may be suitable for housing and employment development, and to identify sites that could accommodate other uses such as nature conservation, open space and green infrastructure, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Submissions are invited for suggestions of sites that could accommodate:

  • Homes (including self and custom build, older people’s housing and gypsy and traveller sites)
  • Employment land (including office, industrial, retail and leisure uses)
  • Habitat banks and Nature conservation/recovery
  • Green infrastructure
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Renewable energy generation, storage and infrastructure
  • Natural flood management

Sites submitted via the Call for Sites will be subject to detailed assessment using criteria set out in LAA Methodology, and any sites that are identified or allocated for development will be subject to community and stakeholder consultation through the local plan. The submission of a site through the call for sites exercise does not give any planning status, and does not allocate sites or imply that the council will necessarily grant planning permission.

If you would like to submit a site for consideration please ensure you firstly read the guidance note which provides information on the types of sites we are inviting suggestions for, and guidance on how the form should be filled in.


Eastbourne Borough Council is also consulting on the Methodology that sets out the approach for undertaking the Land Availability Assessment, based on the Planning Practice Guidance for undertaking this work. Stakeholders are being offered the opportunity to input and help refine the way that that sites are assessed. There are a number of assumptions that need to be made in the study and we would welcome input on this.

To download a copy of the LAA Methodology Report, please click here

To submit a comment on the LAA Methodology, please click here

Please ensure that any site submissions through the Call for Sites or any comments on the LAA Methodology are made by 5pm on Friday 11th March 2022.


For further information, or if you have any problems submitting a Call for Sites submission or comment on the LAA Methodology, please contact planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk 


  • Opened
    28 Jan 2022 at 09:00
  • Closed
    11 Mar 2022 at 17:00

Consultation Documents

  • EBC Land Availability Assessment Methodology (Jan 2022)
    Eastbourne Land Availability Assessment Methodology - draft for consultation (January 2022). To comment, please comment on-line questionnaire via consultation portal or email comments to planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk

Supporting Documents