Planning for employment space and economic development needs

Delivering economic growth is a key priority for central government and local authorities and a core objective of national planning policy regimes throughout the UK.
Local authorities are encouraged to identify a clear economic vision and the requirements for employment space that support this. Plans should be ambitious – but realistic – and take account of future growth opportunities. Forecasts of future need must be interpreted intelligently, drawing upon the latest market signals and reflecting the needs of businesses.
Authorities must identify a supply of land to match future requirements. Opportunities to support new sectors and the development of clusters should be considered, alongside the need for strategic sites for inward investment. Sites taken forward through Local Plans should have a reasonable prospect of being used for their intended purpose, particularly in the face of pressure from other competing uses.
Workspace is our framework for advising on employment space needs. It draws upon our expertise in preparing evidence on planning for economic growth.