Employment Land Review

The Employment Land Review (ELR) is not a statement of council policy but is a technical evidence document that will be used, along with other evidence, to inform the preparation of planning policy. The document is also commonly known as the Employment and Economic Land Assessment (EELA).

The purpose of an ELR is to:

  • assess the future demand for and supply of employment land and premises
  • to assess the suitability of sites, whether existing, permitted or proposed for future employment land
  • to identify sites which are unlikely to be needed by the market or are now unsustainable for employment development
  • to help develop appropriate future policies and proposals for strategic planning
  • to improve systems for monitoring outcomes and reviewing employment policies

The study focuses on employment space needs for B Class Use (Business, General Industrial and Storage or Distribution). It also considers in broad terms the future employment potential and land needs of other non B Class economic uses such as retail, tourism, healthcare, waste management and education.

Although the ELR identifies and appraises potential new sites and locations for employment use, the decision as to whether or not these will be taken forward will be made through public consultation. This forms part of the local plan process for Lewes and the Employment Land Local Plan for Eastbourne in line with the councils' Statement of Community Involvement.

Lewes District Employment Land Review

We commissioned Nathanial Lichfield and Partners consultancy to carry out an Employment Land Review (ELR) in 2010.

In 2012 a partial update of the ELR was undertaken to review key outputs in the 2010 ELR in the context of the on-going depressed economic conditions at the time. 

In June 2017 the ELR was updated by Lichfield consultants to review Newhaven's employment situation. Lewes District was given a brief update as part of the report to provide the context to review Newhaven's situation.

Eastbourne Borough Employment Land Review

We commissioned GVA consultancy to undertake an Employment Land Review (ELR) in 2013 to support the development of an Employment Land Local Plan (ELLP) for the borough. 

The purpose of the ELR is to assess and update the borough's position in relation to the future supply and demand for employment floor space, the role of employment sites and their suitability to support economic growth objectives.

Brexit and Eastbourne Implications - December 2018

It is possible that the UK will leave the European Union without any agreement being in place concerning future relationships. The paper available to download below analyses published research into the impact of such a ‘No Deal’ Brexit on the economy of Eastbourne and was correct at the time of writing in December 2018. This paper has been prepared for information purposes only and is not the formal view of Eastbourne Borough Council.