Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) – Call for Sites

6 September 2017

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Following the recent Examination hearings into the District Plan, the Council has committed to preparing a Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD), which will identify further sites for housing and employment, to enable the Council to meet its full objectively assessed housing and employment land need.

In addition, the Council will shortly prepare a Brownfield Land Register; the Government requires that the register must be published by 31st December 2017. The National Planning Policy Framework provides a definition of land which is considered to be ‘brownfield’.

To inform the preparation of both the Sites Allocations DPD and the Brownfield Land Register, the Council is undertaking a Call for Sites, to identify sites which have potential for housing and employment development, as well as sites required to provide infrastructure and community facilities.

Whilst the Council has an ‘open’ register and developers, landowners and agents have been able to submit information at any time, this formal Call for Sites is inviting further submissions during a specific time period.

The Council first undertook a call for sites in 2008/2009 and in some cases no further contact with the landowner/site promoters has been received since that time.  This Call for Sites process seeks to confirm that sites previously promoted and included within the current SHLAA are still available for development. Therefore even if the site has previously been included within the published SHLAA, landowners/site promoters are asked to re-submit details of the site through this current Call for Sites process.The Council would also welcome nominations on new sites, which have not been considered previously.

The Call for Sites is open from 4th September 2017 to 30th October 2017. The Council will use the sites nominated through this process to prepare a new Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), to inform the Sites Allocation DPD, and to inform the preparation of the Brownfield Land Register.

In order that sites are included in the Spring 2018 SHELAA, and therefore considered for inclusion in the Sites Allocation DPD and the Brownfield Land Register, nominations must be submitted by 5pm on  30th October 2017. The Council cannot guarantee that sites nominated after this time will be included in these documents.

Sites which are nominated for inclusion on the Brownfield Register should be primarily for residential development, although employment or community uses may be proposed as ancillary to the residential development.

All sites nominated should be capable of accommodating 5 or more homes, or have a site area of 0.25hectares or larger.

The same online form can be completed to nominate sites for inclusion in either document. Officers will decide which sites should be included in the Brownfield Register.


Online Site Submission Form

Should you have any queries relating to the SHELAA you can contact the Planning Policy and Economic Development Team on 01444 477053 or email