Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

What is the SHELAA?

The primary purpose of the SHELAA, which local planning authorities are required to prepare is to:

  • identify sites with the potential for housing or employment
  • assess how many homes or floorspace they could provide
  • assess when they could be developed.

It is a technical document and an important evidence source to inform decision making on future housing and employment development, but does not determine whether a site will be allocated. As required in national policy, it includes a high level strategic overview of the deliverability/developability of each identified/promoted site in terms of its suitability, availability and achievability.

Sites should be capable of accommodating at least five residential units or for employment sites the land area should be at least 0.25 hectares or able to accommodate at least 500 square metres of floorspace.

If you have, or know of any sites, that you would like to be considered for future development, please submit details using the site submission form below.

PDF document Site submission form(PDF) [151 kb]

PDF document Site submission form guidance notes(PDF) [98 kb]

Current position

The most recent version of the SHELAA can be viewed below. It was published in December 2021.

The base date for the housing land supply position and monitoring information is 1 April 2021.

View the sites promoted through the Issues and Options consultation.


PDF document SHELAA report 2021(PDF) [601 kb]

PDF document Appendix 2 - Sites not subject to further assessment(PDF) [466 kb]

PDF document Appendix 3 - Housing Allocations(PDF) [280 kb]

PDF document Appendix 4a - Opportunity Sites in SPBs(PDF) [2 Mb]

PDF document Appendix 4b - Opportunity Sites in SPBs with policy constraints(PDF) [3 Mb]

PDF document Appendix 5 - Sites outside Settlement Policy Boundaries(PDF) [2 Mb]

PDF document Appendix 6 - Maps(PDF) [6 Mb]

Contact details

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