Historically national policy required a Strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) to be produced to include details of where planning permission had been granted for housing and where other land may be available for development. It should be noted that, for sites without planning permission, the availability of land was a reflection of the landowner promoting their land for development.
The inclusion of a site within the SHLAA does not indicate, earmark or determine whether the land is needed or suitable for development. The SHLAA is not a policy-setting document but is an important source of information. Decisions on planning policy will be made through the Borough Local Plan and will be subject to extensive consultation and independent examination.
The latest SHLAA report was published in January 2014 and is available below.
The SHLAA has now been replaced by the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)