Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

Whilst the formal 'Call for Sites' consultation closed on 3 July 2019, the council welcomes all site submissions even after the SHELAA has been published, details of all sites submitted will be placed on file for a future review of the SHELAA. The submission form and corresponding guidance note remains available on this page.

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.

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 below.

PDF document Site submission form 2020 (PDF) [351 kb]

PDF document Site submission form guidance notes 2020 (PDF) [157 kb]

Current position

The most recent version of the SHELAA can be viewed below. It was published in December 2019.

The base date for the housing land supply position and monitoring information is 1 April 2019.

A small number of sites have been promoted to the council since the publication of the SHELAA in 2019. These sites will be included in the future 2020 publication of the SHELAA, however, interim proformas and maps for the newly promoted sites can be viewed in the following 'Promoted Sites 2020' document:

PDF document Promoted sites 2020 (PDF) [646 kb]


PDF document SHELAA report 2019 (PDF) [928 kb]

PDF document Appendix 2 - Sites identified not subject to further assessment (PDF) [497 kb]

PDF document Appendix 3 - Housing Allocations in Adopted Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans (PDF) [370 kb]

PDF document Appendix 4a - Opportunity Sites identified within Settlement Policy Boundaries without policy constraints or any sites which benefit from planning permission (PDF) [3 Mb]

PDF document Appendix 4b - Opportunity Sites - sites identified within Settlement Policy Boundaries with policy constraints (PDF) [2 Mb]

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

PDF document Appendix 6 - SHELAA maps (PDF) [16 Mb]

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