Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

A formal 'Call for Sites' consultation was held in June/July 2019 to accompany the commencement of the council’s Local Plan Update. Although the ‘Call for Sites’ consultation has now closed, the council welcomes site submissions at any time, details of all sites submitted will be placed on file for a future review of the SHELAA. Up to date versions of the SHELAA submission form and corresponding guidance note are available to view and download from this page.

Any promoted site information submitted through the council’s recent Local Plan Update Issues and Options consultation is still being processed and consequently, is not included in the SHELAA 2020. Any site information provided recently, or through the Issues and Options consultation, will be considered as promoted for the purpose of the Local Plan Update and will be included in a future publication of the 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.

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 2021(PDF) [351 kb]

PDF document Site submission form guidance notes 2021(PDF) [98 kb]

Current position

The most recent version of the SHELAA can be viewed below. It was published in December 2020.

The base date for the housing land supply position and monitoring information is 1 April 2020.

View the sites promoted through the Issues and Options consultation.


PDF document SHELAA report 2020(PDF) [804 kb]

PDF document Appendix 2 - Sites not subject to further assessment(PDF) [400 kb]

PDF document Appendix 3 - Housing Allocations(PDF) [266 kb]

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

PDF document Appendix 4b - Opportunity Sites in SPBs not policy compliant(PDF) [2 Mb]

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

PDF document Appendix 6 - Maps(PDF) [15 Mb]

Contact details

Local Plan team

Telephone: 01256 844844

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