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.
The most recent version of the SHELAA can be viewed below. It was published in December 2022.
The base date for the housing land supply position and monitoring information is 1 April 2022.
Local Plan Team