Last edited 15 Nov 2020

Gross site area

For the purposes of determining housing density, ‘gross site area’ is the total land area as part of the development. Infrastructure and services serving a wider area (such as parks and open space) are considered part of the gross site area. This includes:

Net site area is the land that is available for development. It is also referred to as the area of developable land. The net site area is more than the land for dwellings and private space and includes other areas that contribute to the use and enjoyment directly linked to the developed dwellings. This includes:

In planning practice it is common to determine net site area as a percentage of gross site area, known as the gross to net ratio.

Ref Telford & Wrekin Council Local Plan 2011 – 2031 Technical Paper. Density and net site area study, July 2015.

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