Background Reports

Employment Site Review

Work has commenced on assessing all recognised employment sites in the District.  The assessment covers the main employment areas, in Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Broughton Astley and the six Rural Centres within the district, as identified in the Harborough Employment Land Study (HELS 2006).  In addition a further 18 sites have been assessed, 5 that have been developed since the 2006 HELS study and 13 sites currently in employment use (B Class Uses) but identified via the Council’s SHLAA for possible residential uses.  In total 47 sites are appraised. 

All sites are being assessed via mix of desk based work and site visits using an assessment pro-forma.  In summary the pro-forma is used to record general site information and assess factors concerning; market attractiveness, location & sustainability, strategic planning / local importance. 

Each site will be given a grade A, B or C which equates to a recommended designation and policy approach as follows:

Recommendation Description Designation & Policy Approach

  • A Key (Flagship) Employment Area (KEA) KEA – site to be retained & protected for employment uses
  • B Fit –for-Purpose Employment Area Non KEA – should it come forward, site to be considered for renewal or release to other employment uses (or mixed uses) depending on overall demand / supply balance and individual circumstances.
  • C Lower Quality Employment Area Non KEA – should it come forward, site should be released for other non-employment uses.