Stage 1 of this process involved an Initial Call for Candidate Sites for a 16-week period from the 30th July 2018 to 19th November 2018. The purpose of inviting candidate site submissions at this stage was to assist the Council in understanding what land was available to inform the RLDP Preferred Strategy. A total of 204 candidate sites were submitted for development/redevelopment for a range of uses, including residential, employment and recreation uses and 16 sites were submitted for protection.

The candidate sites submitted for development/redevelopment during the Initial Call for Candidate Sites were subject to a high-level assessment and a Review of Candidate Sites against the Preferred Strategy (June 2021) was prepared to identify which sites were considered to be in conformity with the Strategy.