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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)


A Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and is seen as an important part of the evidence base for Local Plans. The NPPF was adopted in March 2012 and requires Local Planning Authorities to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and the likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the plan period.

The NPPF and new Planning Practice Guidance released in August 2013 also requires LPAs to assess the ‘existing and future supply of land available for economic development’, with such reviews being ‘undertaken at the same time, or combined with, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments’. A separate Employment Land Review has been prepared and is available to view.

North East Lincolnshire Employment Land Review 2014 (PDF)

The purpose of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment is to identify a list of possible housing sites and assess the overall potential of those sites. It provides evidence on the availability of land for housing development for the new Local Plan.

SHLAA 2016

The 2016 SHLAA sets out the Local Planning Authority’s position with regard to housing land as of 31 March 2016 and makes projections in relation to the supply of housing land for the period up to 2032 as will be covered by the new Local Plan.

It should be noted that the SHLAA is a technical document to identify potential sites for housing and any inclusion of sites within the document does not necessarily mean that a site will make it into the new Local Plan as a formal allocation nor does it imply or guarantee that planning permission would be granted should an application be submitted for consideration.

Strategic housing land availability assessment 2016 (PDF, 10MB)


Contact details

Spatial Planning, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Email: Spatialplanning@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 324272

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