Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

All local planning authorities are required by the government to produce a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and follow government guidance when preparing it.  It assesses sites within and on the edge of settlements for their housing potential and considers their availability, suitability and viability. 

Whilst the aim of the SHLAA is to identify as many sites as possible with housing potential in and around settlements in the study area, it does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development. It is a technical document which gives us information to consider the possible options in relation to housing development.

In-line with government guidance the main report provides an estimate of potential capacity for each site.  These capacities are indicative only and do not necessarily constitute the density the council considers appropriate for each site.  Moreover, only a proportion of these sites would be allocated for development in the Local Plan: Sites and General Policies.

As part of the technical evidence work for our Local Plan: Sites and General Policies document, we have updated (July 2013) the version of the SHLAA that we produced in 2011.  

Last reviewed: 07 - 01 - 2015

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