A site brief should set out the views of the local community which a developer should take into account should the site be developed. It can be very useful to prevent sites being sold at inflated prices because sites are sold with unrealistic ‘hope value’ levels.
St Werburgh’s Community Association drew up a site brief for the Brooks site in St Werburgh’s read it here This has been used in discussions with the site developers to ensure that development proposals take account of community concerns and aspirations.
St Pauls Unlimited rpg drew up a site brief for a site in their area which included the Bristol Planning Policy and any other policy background as well as the community’s aspirations for the site St Paul’s Unlimited rpg site brief
The headings which the St Paul’s site brief used could be taken as a checklist for your site brief:
Site Brief: Community Vision
Pre application advice note
|insert descriptive title
|insert full address or grid reference
|Insert map eg from http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/knowyourplace/?maptype=js
|list policies applying to site
|Insert reference numbers for previous applications
|Character of Site
|Views towards site from different viewpoints
|Comments by NPN residents planning group
|Is the site in the Sites Allocation plan- if so what use is allocated.What use does the community think appropriate for the site?Do you have any evidence about type of eg residential type that the community would prefer?
|Scale and massing of new development
|Character and materials
|Refer to SPD5 and ……..refer to current BCC requirement
|NPN RGP inserts contact details and process for further consultation
|S106 mitigation measures necessitated by site development: consider traffic and transport, flood risk, contamination, drainage
|Consider routes through and around site, views into and out of site, impact on adjacent and adjoining owners, overshadowing or overlooking issues,
|Group representatives contact details / other groups that should be involved.
You can download this as a document here NPN Site Brief pro forma 2014