Evidence base

Explains what an evidence base is and what makes up the East Riding Local Plan evidence base.

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 as Housing Need Assessments, Employment Land Reviews, and Landscape Character Assessments.

It also includes programmes and strategies developed by the council, its partners and other key organisations with an interest in the East Riding.

The studies, strategies, programmes and statistics that make up the evidence base were crucial in producing a robust Riding Local Plan and have been reviewed, where relevant to prepare the Local Plan Update for the East Riding.

What makes up the East Riding Local Plan evidence base?

A number of documents were prepared as part of the evidence base for the East Riding Local Plan and have been revised for the Local Plan Update. These are listed below, together with a number of other local strategies and studies.


We have used a variety of statistical resources compiled at local and national levels. A list of key sources is provided below:

Office for National Statistics (external website)

East Riding Data Observatory (external East Riding website)

Neighbourhood Statistics (external website)

NOMIS - Labour Market Statistics (external website)

Multi-Agency Geographic Information for the Countryside (MAGIC) (external website)

We prepare annual monitoring reports that report on progress with implementing the Local Plan, measuring performance against a number of planning and development indicators.

Employment, Regeneration and the Economy

The council has produced a range of studies to support the economic policies of the Local Plan and Local Plan Update.

An Employment Land Review considers 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 2020 is available to view below:

East Riding Employment Land Review 2020 - Report (pdf 2.4mb)

East Riding Employment Land Review 2020 - Site Assessment Report (pdf 32mb)

The amount of land available for employment purposes is recorded in annual Employment Land Monitoring Reports.

A Town Centres, Retail and Leisure Study has been prepared to help inform the Local Plan Update and support regeneration activities in various centres across the East Riding. It is a detailed and wide-ranging piece of evidence that has considered the shopping and leisure habits of East Riding residents, assessed the health and vitality of individual centres and has sought to forecast future floor space requirements for retail developments.

Town Centres, Retail and Leisure Study – Stage 1 – Main Report (pdf 2.1mb)

Town Centres, Retail and Leisure Study – Stage 1 – Appendices (pdf 23mb)

Previous versions of the Town Centres and Retail Study are available on request from the Forward Planning team.

To support the formulation of the current Local Plan's policy approach to tourism development, a Tourism Accommodation Study was prepared:

Tourism Accommodation Study 2016 - Main Report (pdf 1.5mb)

Tourism Accommodation Study 2016 - Appendices (pdf 2.1mb)

Hedon Haven Key Employment Site

A series of studies were undertaken to inform the identification of land at Hedon Haven for the expansion of the Port of Hull in the Local Plan. These included:

Hedon Haven - Baseline Cultural Heritage Study (pdf 14.8mb)

Hedon Haven - Baseline Geoenvironmental Study (pdf 1mb)

Hedon Haven - Baseline Landscape and Visual Amenity (pdf 11.8mb)

Hedon Haven - Baseline Noise Study (pdf 1.9mb)

Hedon Haven - Baseline Water Quality Study (pdf 3.9mb)

Hedon Haven - Flood Risk Assessment (pdf 11.8mb)

Hedon Haven - Heritage and Landscape Parameter Study (pdf 1mb)

Hedon Haven - Heritage Impact Assessment (pdf 8.1mb)

Hedon Haven - Phase 1 Habitat Survey (pdf 1.6mb)

Hedon Haven - Agricultural Land Baseline Study (pdf 606kb)


A number of different studies have been prepared to support the development of environmental policies in the Local Plan including a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and Landscape Character Assessment. In addition, the Open Space Review provides information on the current provision of different types of open space in the East Riding.

Guidance documents on renewable energy developments have also provided valuable sources of information on environmental matters in the East Riding. Planning for Renewable Energy Developments - Volume 1 (pdf 392kb)Planning for Renewable Energy Developments - Volume 2 (pdf 1mb)


To understand the need for housing in the East Riding, and inform the housing requirement for the Local Plan, a range of studies have been prepared including a Local Housing Need Assessment and Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment.

Local Housing Need Assessment 2022 (pdf 14.6mb)

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (pdf 945kb)

The amount of land available to meet the East Riding's 5-year housing requirement is set out in an annual Housing Land Supply Position Statement which can be viewed on our housing monitoring page.


We have published an infrastructure study that details existing infrastructure provision in the East Riding and identifies future requirements as a result of planned development in the Local Plan Update.


Minerals planning authorities should plan for a steady and adequate supply of aggregates by preparing an annual Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA), based on a rolling average of 10 years sales data, relevant local information, and an assessment of all supply options. The LAA provides part of the evidence base for the Joint Mineral Plan for Hull and the East Riding and for our area has been produced by, and for, the four Humber mineral planning authorities:

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Kingston upon Hull City Council
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • North East Lincolnshire Council.

Assessments are updated on an annual basis and aggregates operator survey data will be updated annually with the help of the Yorkshire and Humber Aggregates Working Party.

Local Aggregates Assessment 2023 (2021 data) (pdf 2mb)

Yorkshire and Humber Aggregate Working Party monitor the supply of, demand for, and reserves of, all aggregates including both primary aggregate and alternative sources in local authority areas across the Region. Their latest Annual Monitoring Report 2023, which includes 2020 data, is available below:

Yorkshire and Humber Aggregate Working Party Annual Monitoring Report 2021 (pdf 1.2mb)


To support the preparation of the Local Plan, a number of Sustainability Appraisals and Strategic Environmental Assessments have been drafted.


There are strong links between the Local Plan and the Local Transport Plan. The Local Transport Plan sets out the area's transport needs and challenges. At the beginning of the Local Plan process, we prepared an assessment of transport and accessibility in the East Riding.


Assessments have also been prepared, which consider the viability of residential and commercial proposals set out in the Local Plan Update. The Local Plan Viability Study helps to determine the the impact of different policy requirements on new development, for example, the level of affordable housing that can be delivered don a site.

Local Plan Update Viability Study 2022 - Report (pdf 4.8mb)

Local Plan Update Viability Study 2022 - Appendices (pdf 8.8mb)

What is the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull Spatial Framework?

The Spatial Framework is a non-statutory document that outlines the vision and priorities for growth and the overall spatial strategy for the area.

The Local Authorities across York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull (YNYERH) have recognised the need to develop a broad framework that sets out an agreed view as to how sustainable growth could be facilitated across the sub-region over the medium to longer term, i.e. towards 2050 and beyond the current suite of Local Plans.

The vision

Connected, distinctive and thriving towns and cities will help drive growth and support a successful, sustainable future for current and future generations. Whether living in a city, market town or in the countryside we want to support and deliver a better quality of life for people in the YNYERH area – through our approach to growth and infrastructure planning.

Three sectoral priorities have been identified: Digital, Environment and Transport.

The Spatial Framework will bring a number of benefits. It will:

  • support better infrastructure delivery with the achievement of greater levels of sustainable economic growth
  • provide a stronger case for investment, helping to make the spatial case for external funding for infrastructure investment where this is required to support growth
  • demonstrate more proactive collaboration across all the partner Local Authorities enabling them to work more effectively and efficiently in preparing and delivering their Local Plans and providing the market with more confidence to invest and grow.

The Spatial Framework provides an overall direction and coherence for the future of the YNYERH area whilst retaining the space and discretion for Local Plans to make their own allocations for development that take in to account local sustainability, viability, political and community factors.

York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull Spatial Framework (pdf 3.6mb)

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