Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)


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

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 our local plan. This will help to ensure that sufficient land supply is available across the borough 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.

Call for sites

As part of the preparation for the Local Plan Review, the council carried our a 'Call for Sites' to identify new sites within the borough that may have potential for development over the proposed new plan period; the deadline for submissions was the 31 December 2016. Sites submitted have been reviewed against the information we hold on planning constraints, for example whether the site is in the functional floodplain.

We are now making a further 'Call for Sites' to run alongside the Scope Issue and Options consultation which will end on 4 March 2018.

Submitting a site for consideration

To submit a site that you believe to have development potential please use this form

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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