Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

Current consultation: Call for Sites

We have recently commenced work on an update to the Local Plan for the borough. As part of evidence gathering to inform the annual update of the SHELAA, we are undertaking a ‘call for sites’ for developers, landowners or other interested parties to let us know about sites that could be suitable for residential, employment or other development.

Sites promoted 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. Information on how to complete the form is included in the guidance notes.

Completed site submission forms must be returned by 5pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

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.

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.


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]

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