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Evidence base

We have undertaken research to inform the policy documents that make up the Local Plan. The research is called the 'Evidence Base' and comprises of reports and studies across the different topic areas listed below.

Evidence must be regularly reviewed and kept up to date to ensure we have an up to date understanding of the area and the issues that need addressing in the Local Plan.

We will update this page as and when new evidence is produced, or existing documents are revised.

Information setting out the documents relating to the Local Plan examination can be viewed in the Council's Archived Document Library.

Borough profile

Brentwood Borough Profile (February 2019)

Economy and employment

Economic Futures 2013-2033 (January 2018)

Heart of Essex Economic Futures (June 2012)

Employment Land Review (September 2010)


Green Belt Study (November 2018)

Protected Lanes Assessment

Green Infrastructure Strategy (September 2015)

Habitats Regulations Assessment (January 2019)

Surface Water Management Plan for Brentwood Borough (January 2015)

Renewable Energy Study (April 2014)

Local Wildlife Site Review (December 2012)

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) (November 2018)

Sustainability Appraisal (January 2019)

Water Cycle Study (November 2018)

Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Study (November 2018)

Mid Essex Landscape Character Assessment (September 2006)

Housing and demography

South Essex Housing Needs Assessment

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

Greater Essex Demographic Forecasts 2012-2037

Heart of Essex Housing Growth Scenarios (June 2012)

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) (October 2017)

Leisure and recreation

Playing Pitch Strategy

Built Facilities Strategy (October 2018)

Golf Course Needs Assessment (October 2018)

Open Space, Sport and Leisure Needs Assessment (August 2016)

Hotel & Visitor Accomodation Futures Study (April 2008)

Retail and town centres

Brentwood Town Centre Design Plan (November 2017)

The Council produced a Design Plan for Brentwood Town Centre in 2017. Work considered how the Town Centre functions from various aspects, including urban design, buildings, spaces, economic viability and movement. The Design Plan enables future development opportunities to collectively enhance Brentwood Town Centre rather than be considered in isolation.

The Design Plan can be viewed in sections below:

Retail and Commercial Leisure Study (December 2014)

Brentwood Town Centre Regeneration Strategy (May 2010)

Site assessment

Site Analysis Overview (February 2019)

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) (October 2018)

NOTE: The HELAA is regularly reviewed. We are no longer accepting new sites for assessment. Further site submissions will be kept on file and inform subsequent reviews. Sites must be submitted to the Council using the online form below. Guidance on how to complete this form can be found in our HELAA Guidance Note (PDF):

Site Assessment Methodology and Summary of Outcomes (January 2018)

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) (October 2011)


CIL Viability Assessment Update (August 2022)

Local Plan Viability Assessment (October 2018)