Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)


Local authorities are required to carry out a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) to identify future sources of land for development. The assessment is required by national planning policy as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Policy Guidance (PPG). The assessment is a key component of the evidence required to support the delivery of sufficient land in suitable locations. The aim is to create sustainable and mixed communities in line with Government objectives.

Call for sites

The council is reviewing its Local Plan evidence base including its land availability for future development. To assist in this process the council carries out various exercises throughout the Plan period called the ‘call for sites’. This will help the council to identify new sites within the borough that may have potential for development over the proposed new Plan period beyond 2026.

What is the purpose of the ‘call for sites’?

The purpose of the call for sites is to provide an opportunity for anyone to submit a site to us for consideration for allocation and future development as part of the preparation of the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Local Plan. This will help to ensure that there is sufficient land available across the borough and within our local area to meet our development needs. Where appropriate this will include allocating land for housing, retail, warehousing, office, leisure and community development, infrastructure, and pitches for Gypsies and Travellers.

Submitting a site for consideration

The Planning Policy call for sites has now ended; the deadline for submissions was the 31 December 2016. You are still welcome to submit sites within your interest and/or that you believe to have development potential, however these will not be assessed in the upcoming Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). Any submissions made after 31 December 2016 will still be received by the Planning Policy department; if you would like some more information please use our contact form to make any enquiries. The next call for sites and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment will be advertised on the council’s website and when it is due to take place.

What happens next?

Each site will be assessed for its development potential using our assessment methodology and will be used to inform the update of the Land Availability Assessment which is also referred to as the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

Please note that the submission of a site through the call for sites process only places the site before the council for consideration as a potential site for future allocation. It does not guarantee its allocation, nor does it prejudice any decision the council may wish to take should an application for any site be forthcoming. All sites submitted will be made publicly available upon the publication of the Land Availability Assessment or the related Local Plan evidence base document or draft plan. Sites cannot be submitted confidentially.

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Last updated: 04/01/2017 10:30

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