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East Midlands Councils Employment Land Workshop. The JPU Perspective. Dave Hemmett West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit Information and Programme Manager. East Midlands Councils Employment Land Workshop. CoPELA I (Northamptonshire Commercial property and Employment Land Assessment)

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East midlands councils employment land workshop
East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

The JPU Perspective

Dave Hemmett

West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit

Information and Programme Manager


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

CoPELA I (Northamptonshire Commercial property and Employment Land Assessment)

  • assess markets

  • Evaluate EL forecasts of MKSMS

  • Evaluate current allocations against demand

  • Identify policy measures to meet requirements


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

  • CoPELA II published in December 2006

    • Update of 2003 study

    • To establish if identified land adequate

    • What additional land was required

    • Growth agenda required Northampton to develop into a key regional centre

    • Big demand for warehousing


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

Strategic Northamptonshire Economic Action Plan

  • Adopts 53,000 jobs target (2001-2021)

  • Higher than the figures in MKSMS and RSS

  • WN Vision defined by WNDC (not responsible for strategic planning)

  • Pre-recession

  • Based on “boom” trends


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

Northamptonshire Strategic Employment Land Assessment (SELA) published November 2009

  • Assess the Northamptonshire property market

  • Evaluate range of EL forecasts

  • Evaluate existing allocations

  • Identify measures to meet requirements

  • Identify strategic site policies

  • Provide guidance on monitoring


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

WN Employment Land Study 2010

  • To inform the LDF process, esp the JCS and CAAP

  • Advise on the provision of Employment Land

  • Assess existing sites

  • Identify gaps

  • Determine density/plot ratios for B, non B and mixed use employment


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

Issues – Why did we need WNELS?

  • SNEAP and SELA not reflective of emerging JCS

  • SELA included sites not in planning system

  • Significant public objection to EJCS

  • Emerging JCS lowering housing and jobs targets

  • Population forecasting showed lower job requirement

  • SELA ignored cross boundary issues


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East Midlands CouncilsEmployment Land Workshop

  • Lessons learnt

  • County wide ELS useful providing it respects emerging JCS evidence

  • The purpose of the ELS needs to be defined clearly

    • Is it evidence based?

    • Is it a promotional inward investment tool?

  • Ownership can be an issue

  • Timing is critical


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