Local Plan Part 1 Evidence Base


What is the Evidence Base?

The following documents form the evidence base for the now adopted Derby City Local Plan Part 1 - 2017. We use these documents as evidence to back up our policies and help us understand the issues in the city. 

What is the City Centre Eastern Fringes Area Action Plan?

This contains information about a plan that was prepared for the land between the railway station and the inner ring road, including Castleward and the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site. We haven't officially adopted this plan but it provides a guide as to how the area should be redeveloped in the future:


Derby 2015 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The SHLAA is an assessment of land and sites which might be able to provide new housing. It assesses the suitability, availability and achievability of sites and if/when they are likely to be delivered for housing. 

The assessment includes sites which:

  • already have planning permission for housing
  • have been promoted to us for housing by land owners, agents and developers
  • we have identified as having potential to deliver new homes.

More information about Derby's SHLAA is available in these documents:

Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show People

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) require Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to carry out assessments of the future accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. These are called Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments (GTAAs) and they are used as part of the evidence to inform planning policy for Gypsies and Travellers, including identifying the numbers of pitches and types of sites that are needed in the City over the coming years. In accordance with the NPPF and the duty to co-operate set out in the Localism Act 2011, a GTAA covering Derby, Derbyshire and East Staffordshire has been produced (June 2015) this replaces the previous GTAA published in 2008 for Derby and Derbyshire.


Peter Brett Associates (PBA) were commissioned by the Derby Housing Market Area authorities to produce an initial Strategic  Viability Assessment (SVA) Study to assist the Councils in preparing their Core Strategies. It is not intended to be a detailed site-by-site analysis, but rather a high level assessment that can help to inform policy choices. This has been based on a limited number of scenarios, which provide a starting point for further debate. 

The Derby HMA Authorities commissioned NCS to prepare a HMA-wide viability assessment to assist in their consideration of whether to pursue CIL and to provide information to support the preparation of their individual ‘Core Strategies’.  The report was completed in July 2014 and provided information on a wide range of potential development scenarios. 

Following its completion, the City Council carried out some additional assessments using the information provided by NCS. The results of this can be found in the short ‘Addendum’ report provided below:

Retail and Leisure Strategy

A partial update of the retail capacity calculations contained in the Retail and Leisure Strategy has been completed. The update takes account of the revised Core Strategy Plan period and changes in population and expenditure forecasts.

Retail Circuit Strategy 2008-2012

Green Belt/Green Wedge - new

Water and flooding


Open space, sport and recreation

Green Energy Study



We have been working with our HMA partners and city and county education officers to ensure that the implications of new housing growth on school places are understood and sufficient school places can be provided to serve existing and new communities around the HMA. An Education Position Statement has been prepared for the HMA to draw together the school place planning evidence that has been used to inform the Preferred Growth Strategies.

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