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Employment land review

Explains what the employment land review is, why prepare for it, what the different stages are and has it been updated. 

What is an Employment Land Review?

Employment Land Reviews (ELRs) are prepared to assess the likely demand for, and supply of, land for employment uses. They are used to make assessments of:

  • Land currently in use for employment purposes
  • Land currently allocated for employment purposes; and
  • Land with the potential to be suitable for employment purposes

The East Riding Employment Land Review 2013 (Updated Jan 2014) is available to view below. 

East Riding Employment Land Review 2013 (Updated Mar 2014) - Report (pdf 1.22mb opens in new window)

East Riding Employment Land Review 2013 (Updated Mar 2014) - Appendices (pdf 2.8mb opens in new window)

East Riding Employment Review 2013 - Addendum Note - Implications of Siemens/ ABP Announcement (pdf 70kb opens in new window)

Why prepare an Employment Land Review (ELR)?

An important objective of the Local Plan is to deliver an appropriate local balance between competing uses for land, particularly housing and employment.

The Employment Land Review (ELR) is an important source of evidence, which has been prepared to ensure that the plan is based on a good understanding of existing business needs, likely changes in the market, the current employment land position and the potential future supply of employment land. It will help the council identify how much land is needed for employment development, assess the suitability of sites for employment development, safeguard the best sites in the face of competition from other higher value uses and help identify those which are no longer suitable for employment development which should be made available for other uses.

What has been considered through the Employment Land Review (ELR)?

GVA were commissioned to undertake an Employment Land Review (ELR) in 2013. This study has considered the following: 

1) Baseline review - this highlights the key themes and recommendations of a range of policy documents at national, regional, sub-regional and local level that are of particular relevance for economic growth. It also identifies the key socio-economic characteristics of the East Riding, and the perspectives of existing local businesses.

2) Commercial market assessment - an up to date property market review, focussing on the office and industrial sectors has been prepared. This takes into account the overall economic context, the national commercial property market and a local market assessment, which took into account the views of a range of local property agents.

3) Employment land supply - Analysis of the supply of employment land across the East Riding has been conducted in both qualitative and quantitative terms. This has considered sites currently allocated for employment uses, sites with planning permission for employment uses, and sites put forward for consideration for employment uses as part of the emerging East Riding Local Plan.

4) Projecting the demand for employment land - the future need for employment land has been considered, taking into account past take up and economic projections.

5) Balancing supply and demand - the demand for employment land has been compared with the supply of land, and recommendations are made about how much land the Local Plan should plan, and which sites should be retained as part of the employment land supply and which should be considered for other uses. Consideration has also been made of whether any sites should be considered strategically important in the emerging Local Plan.