Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

National planning guidance requires local planning authorities to prepare and keep up-to-date a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). Its purpose is to provide information on the deliverability of sites for potential development.

It is important to stress that the identification of a site in a SHLAA does not, in itself, determine whether or not it will be allocated for housing in the Development Plan. Nor does it imply that the site will receive planning permission. It is the role of the SHLAA to provide information on the range of sites which are available to meet need, and a distinction should be drawn between whether a site is suitable for development and whether development is appropriate on a particular site.

In short, the SHLAA is about whether a site could be developed; not whether a site should be developed.

This new SHLAA updates and supersedes previous versions of the SHLAA that provided an input to the identification of housing allocations in the Core Strategy. This version is also the first to be prepared in accordance with the national Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) and the joint methodology agreed in 2015 by the Warwickshire and Coventry local authorities to provide a consistent approach across the sub-region. This particular SHLAA has been produced to specifically inform the identification of reserve housing sites as required by the Core Strategy. Reserve sites will be identified in the Site Allocations Plan that, when adopted, will sit alongside the Core Strategy as the statutory Development Plan for Stratford-on-Avon District.

Reserve Housing Sites will be released selectively if one or more of the circumstances identified in Part D of Policy CS.16 of the Core Strategy applies.

Draft SHLAA 2018

Stratford-on-Avon District Council consulted on the new Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment between 16 August and 14 September 2018. The consultation is now closed.

Comments made during the consultation are available to view via our Consultation Viewer.

SHLAA 2019

A wide range of responses were submitted on the Draft SHLAA. These included objections about the overall status of individual sites from site promoters and local communities, comments on the methodology and technical matters, and the submission of additional sites for consideration. These comments have been reviewed in preparing this revised SHLAA.

A revised SHLAA was considered by the District Council's Cabinet on 3 June. It was received as technical evidence to inform the identification of reserve housing sites.

The final version of the SHLAA 2019 will be published as part of the evidence base for the Site Allocations Plan (SAP) when it is published for statutory consultation followed by examination by an independent inspector.

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For further information please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260314 or email

Last updated on 26/07/2019

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