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. It includes a high level strategic overview assessment of the deliverability/developability of each identified site in terms of its suitability, availability and achievability.

Call for sites consultation

To inform the annual update, the council held a formal six week ‘call for sites’ consultation which closed on 31 July 2017. This enabled developers, landowners or other interested parties to let the council know about sites that could be suitable for future development.

Sites can be submitted at any time, so please contact the planning policy team directly if you wish to submit a site for assessment through the SHELAA. Please use the contact details and site submission form at the bottom of the page.

Current position

The most recent version of the SHELAA can be viewed below. It was published in December 2018.

The base date for the housing land supply position and monitoring information is 1 April 2018.

The previous 2017 SHLAA publication and earlier versions of the SHLAA can be found here: history of the borough's SHLAA.


PDF document SHELAA report 2018 (PDF) [766 kb]

PDF document Appendix 2 - Sites identified not subject to further assessment (PDF) [2 Mb]

PDF document Appendix 3 - Housing Allocations in Adopted Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans (PDF) [471 kb]

PDF document Appendix 4 - Opportunity Sites - sites identified within Settlement Policy Boundaries and/or previously developed land (including exception sites which are suitable advanced) (PDF)

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

PDF document Appendix 6 - SHELAA maps (PDF) [25 Mb]

Word document SHELAA Site Submission Form (DOCX) [54 kb]

Contact details

Local Plan team

Telephone: 01256 844844

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