The purpose of the SHLAA is to:
- Identify potential housing sites;
- Assess sites on a consistent basis;
- Give an initial site appraisal based on the best immediately available information, without prioritising sites;
It is important to note that the SHLAA identifies potential housing land, it does not make judgements about whether this should be included in the Core Strategy or whether it should form part of the 5 year housing supply. Therefore, when a site is identified in the assessment this does not guarantee its inclusion in revised development plans or that planning permission will be granted. It forms part of the initial evidence base used in the review of planning policies to ensure any review is as thorough as possible. The SHLAA has no status as policy in its own right.
If your site is rejected, or not included within the SHLAA, this does not preclude you from applying for planning permission. Planning applications will be assessed against the requirements of the adopted Core Strategy. Sites may also still be considered as part of the Core Strategy review process.
Please see the Core Strategy for more information.
Initial consultation on Issues and Options for the review of the Core Strategy will commence in Autumn 2015.
The 2014 SHLAA is available here as an interactive map: SHLAA 2014 - interactive map