SHLAA Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local authorities to prepare and update a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). A SHLAA identifies sites which may be suitable for housing development.

The assessment considers the suitability, availability and achievability of each site, as well identifying constraints, assessing their deliverability and the potential number of houses that could be built.

The SHLAA includes sites that:

  • have planning permission (including those that may already be under construction but have further dwellings to be delivered);
  • have a resolution to grant planning permission subject to a section 106 agreement;
  • do not yet have planning permission but have been identified as possible housing sites, these can include sites: -
  • identified by the borough council
  • promoted to the borough council by landowners, agents or developers.
  • Allocations in Neighbourhood Plans

The inclusion of any site in the SHLAA does not imply that planning permission for housing will be granted. Similarly, the SHLAA is not an allocation document and it should not be taken as implying that any sites assessed would be allocated in a development plan. Allocation of land and granting of planning permission is only done through other prescribed processes.

Updates and site submissions

The base date of the SHLAA is 1 April 2019 and therefore assesses sites that were submitted on or before this date. The updated SHLAA replaces the previous 2018 version. 

View the 2019 SHLAA update.

The findings are a ‘snap-shot’ of information held at the time the update was being prepared and it is acknowledged that the status of sites can change over time. The data will therefore be updated annually to ensure it is as up to date as possible.

Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

The borough council will shortly be preparing a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This will incorporate the requirements for a SHLAA as set out in the NPPF, together will any potential sites for economic development uses.

Sites for housing and economic development can be submitted to the borough council for inclusion on the SHELAA using the site suggestion form. Please note that an updated form will be available in due course.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841584 or email