Site Appraisals and Capacity Studies

HDA has extensive experience of advising land owners, developers and local authorities of development potential at various scales ranging from broad landscape character and capacity studies to masterplan studies identifying the site challenges, opportunities, capacity and mix of uses.

Our site appraisals and capacity studies can include assessment of the most appropriate location for development, often analysing the strengths and weaknesses of various alternatives or a wide-search area. We review site constraints and opportunities, consider land use requirements, access options and density and mix.

We are experienced at preparing studies, often to tight timescales, to help inform site selection and local plan decisions at an early stage.

project examples


HDA was part of the design team which delivered the award-winning Waterside Theatre scheme on a regeneration site in the centre of Aylesbury. Our involvement in this project included ecology surveys, townscape assessment and landscape design. HDA’s scheme saw the removal of canalised sections of the brook and the re-introduction of natural banks together with …


On behalf of Miller Homes, HDA prepared a site appraisal and capacity study to support the site’s allocation through the Local Plan process, followed by illustrative masterplan proposals, parameters plans and a Design and Access Statement for outline planning. The masterplan accommodates 500 new homes, a primary school and public open space near Evesham in …