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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

Local authorities are required to carry out a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to identify future sources of land for housing.

Charnwood Borough Council is commencing a review of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) with a call for sites which begins on May 8, 2017 and will run for six weeks to June 19, 2017.

The assessment provides an opportunity for land and property owners to tell the council about their sites which have potential for housing (five or more dwellings) and/or employment development (0.25ha or more), or of any factual changes relating to their sites already identified in the previous assessment.

The Council is also required by new legislation to prepare a brownfield land register. The sites identified in the register will be collated from existing data sources including the most recent Charnwood Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), existing planning permissions and pending planning decisions. Sites submitted to the SHLAA process will also be considered for inclusion on the brownfield land register for the Borough.

Should you wish to put forward any available sites for consideration or amend details for your existing site a proforma is available below:

 Meeting the need for more homes

SHLAA's are key to ensuring that there is enough land for housing, to meet the community's need for more homes. These assessments are required by national planning policy and as a minimum they should provide the following core outputs:

  • A list of sites, cross-referenced to maps showing locations and boundaries
  • Assessment of the deliverability of each identified site to determine when it's expected to be developed
  • Potential quantity of housing that could be delivered on each site identified
  • Constraints on the delivery of identified sites

The submission of a site does not guarantee that it will be allocated for development or receive favourable consideration if an application for planning permission is submitted. 

How will the SHLAA inform future plans?

The SHLAA exercise is a study of housing potential and does not itself allocate sites for development. However the work undertaken will provide key evidence to inform development plans in the future.

The outcome of the SHLAA will ultimately provide a list of sites which will help to inform future housing allocations and development control decisions. The SHLAA follows the methodology jointly agreed by all the local planning authorities who form the Leicester and Leicestershire Housing Market Area.

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