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Evidence base: homes

The reports and technical papers on this page form part of the evidence base to the Council’s Local Plan.

The Local Plan considers the local housing market and suitable land available for building new homes.

Affordable housing guidance

This document provides guidance on how the affordable housing policy should be applied to residential development proposals in Calderdale.  This guidance builds on policy found in Calderdale’s Publication Draft Local Plan 2018 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

This policy overwrites the ‘Advice to Applicants Residential Development and the Provision of Affordable Housing’ which was published by the Council in 2007.

Brownfield land register

The Brownfield Land Register provides up-to-date information on brownfield land in Calderdale

This is for land that is considered suitable, available and achievable for residential development. Note: It does not grant planning permission for sites.

The Government has published a document on what information should be included in a Register, along with guidance:

Note: There is no requirement to formally consult on the Brownfield Land Register.

If you have any comments on specific sites contained within the Register, please send them by email to:

The register will be reviewed at least annually.

Gypsy and traveller communities

Calderdale and Kirklees baseline census

Gypsy and Traveller Communities: Jan - Feb 2015

Leeds GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Exchange) carried out a baseline census for Calderdale and Kirklees Councils. It covered the number of Gypsy and Traveller people living in the two authorities. It includes data on their age and the types of accommodation they live in. For more on this, please read:

Calderdale Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Show person accommodation assessment: Aug 2015

This was carried out by Arc4 for Calderdale and Kirklees Councils. It was to find out the housing needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling show people across within the authorities boundaries. This was to help inform the Local Plan policies and allocations. To see the report that covers Calderdale, please read:

What was found through the Leeds GATE report was used to sensitivity test other household numbers.

Next steps

The Council has studied the evidence in the above reports and developed a methodology for assessing sites for suitability.

We have looked at over 1600 sites (as of July 2017), but have not been able to find a suitable site.

The Publication Version of this Local Plan will not include any more provision to meet their needs. A separate Development Plan Document (DPD) will be used, on adoption of the Local Plan, to address this issue. For further reading, please download the Technical Paper:


Housing technical paper

This gives a full overview of the housing evidence included in the Local Plan. It includes cross-references to specific studies undertaken to inform the housing elements of the Local Plan. This paper has been updated to provide the evidence for the Local Plan Publication Draft.

To see more on this, please read: 

Housing Market Statement (January 2019)

The Housing Market Statement (January 2019) provides an account of the Borough’s housing needs, including:

  • Local Housing Need,
  • affordable housing need,
  • need for specialist housing and
  • a breakdown of the Housing Market Zones and their individual characteristics.

Self-build and custom house building register

Since 1st April 2016, local authorities have been required to keep a register.

This is for individuals and associations seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in their area. For the building of homes for those individuals to occupy.

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own homes. It also wants to make this form of housing a mainstream housing option.

Please complete a Self and custom build register form.

What are self build and custom build

Self-build and custom build describe situations where individuals or groups are involved in creating their own homes. The amount of personal involvement will vary. For example, some self-builders physically build all or part of a home themselves. At the other end of the scale, developers find sites, then seek self-build clients. They then build homes to the clients' specification, under contract.

  • Self-build homes

    Self-build describes projects where the people involved play a very significant part in the process. They may help organise the project by commissioning architects and builders, or do some construction or finishing work themselves. Self-building does not necessarily mean picking up bricks and physically doing the work. Most self-builders will be involved in the creative side of the process.

  • Custom build homes

    Custom build describes a more 'hands-off' approach, where a specialist developer coordinates the whole process for the client.

  • Affordable housing and rental schemes

    Affordable housing can also be self-built. In a rented custom build scheme, tenants can be involved in self-build or agreeing to 'self-finish' homes. This can be in return for reduced rents or other benefits.

How we will use information from the register

By registering, you help the Council find out about demand for self and custom build plots in the Borough. Such as, where people want plots and types of houses they want to build.

We use this information to explore possible ways to bring people and plots together. The Council is exploring opportunities to make land available for self-build and custom housebuilding.

Note: Registration does not guarantee a suitable plot will be found, or become available.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register to anyone outside the Council, without written consent of that person.

Specialist housing

The Specialist Housing Report compiles evidence on the current housing market in Calderdale and its future housing need.

The evidence has been collated from:

  • Calderdale MBCs 2015 Strategic Housing Market Assessment;
  • Census and other national demographic datasets;
  • trends based on Rightmove and Zoopla data;
  • primary research of Local Authority stakeholders;
  • and a review of the market through local agents.

Strategic housing land availability (SHLAA) 2014

The SHLAA 2014 review provides an unconstrained first look at the potential for housing in Calderdale. It meets the requirements of the National planning policy framework and Planning Practice Guidance. These are issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

New sites from a range of sources, including those from the ongoing Site Submissions (Call for Sites), have been considered. Some existing sites were reassessed to reflect additional information received during the review year. For more on sites included in Site submissions, see:

Site submissions search

Note: Sites included in the SHLAA do not have any official planning status. The document does not overwrite the statutory development plan, nor form proposals for the allocation of land as part of the Local plan.

To help understand the context for preparing the SHLAA and its status, read:

SHLAA 2014 report and appendices

A version of the SHLAA, against which technical comments can be made during the review year, is available, visit: Local plan consultations.

Strategic housing market assessment (SHMA)

Parts of the 2015 SHMA were updated in 2018, where the focus was to review the housing need in Calderdale. It is based on the most current information and evidence at the time (April 2018), which included:

  • the Employment Land Study (ELS);
  • and the latest views of Local Plan Inspectors and the Courts.

Please note: The 2018 SHMA was prepared before:

  • the 2016-based population projections (published May 2018);
  • and the revised NPPF (published July 2018).

To view the details of the 2018 SHMA, please read:

The 2015 SHMA looked at how the housing market operates in Calderdale and replaced the 2011 SHMA.

It defined the level of need for open-market housing and affordable housing. It also assessed the key drivers for housing growth, which included future demographic and employment trends.

The research took account of market signals and identified the housing needs of specific groups, such as older people.

The Economic viability assessment (2011), assesses the implications of affordable housing on the viability of housing development sites:

Strategic Vision for southeast Calderdale

We have commissioned a strategic master planning exercise for part of southeast Calderdale. This is to see what development can take place on land at Brighouse. It covers the required infrastructure that would be needed for the potential creation of these sustainable urban extensions.

How the ideas within the Strategic Vision could go forward will be built into the draft Local Plan.

Two garden suburbs are noted at Brighouse, based on the Strategic Vision, which are:

  • numbered LP1451 (Woodhouse, Rastrick);
  • and LP1463 (Highmoor Lane, Thornhills Lane).

These are part of the Regulation 18 consultation released in August 2017.

For more on this, please read: 

A Technical Paper setting to support the designation of the Garden Suburbs has also been prepared:


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