What is a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and why do we need one?
Government policy as set out in National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires all Councils to produce a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The SHLAA is a piece of research which gathers together information on a list of potential development sites ranging from those which already have planning permission to those which have been proposed on a speculative basis by land owners, developers or the public for future consideration. Planning officers have also identified additional sites by survey work.
The SHLAA is not a policy document, it does not make decisions or recommendations on which sites will go forward and be allocated for development. It is however an important part of the evidence base of the Local Plan and provides useful information to inform where the current development pressures are, the scale of constraints in any one area and how many new homes could be delivered from those sites.
The study informs the Council whether there is an adequate supply of land across the District to meet the Housing Requirement and how this supply is distributed. It assesses the current supply of unconstrained land and the likely deliverability of new homes in the short term together with an appraisal of other future options that could be considered in the longer term.
Bradford’s SHLAA has been undertaken with the help of a working group comprised by members of the private house-building industry, social home providers and other Council officers. It is undertaken in line with the published methodology set out below.
The first SHLAA (SHLAA1) was published in October 2011 (see below) and the first update (SHLAA2) in May 2013.
The second update – July 2015 (SHLAA3) is the latest assessment and expands on the findings of the previous studies. It has added further sites with the capacity of at least 5 units submitted by landowners and their agents, the local community and from new permissions. Council officers have also added additional sites from ongoing survey work.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and the planning process
The inclusion of a site in the SHLAA does not provide any indication of the Councils view of acceptability for future development. Sites considered in the study have been assessed against current local policy constraints some which would currently prevent their development for new homes. The decisions on whether a site will be allocated for future residential development will be taken in the Local Plan which will be subject to several stages of production and public consultation.
The Government requires that all Councils aim to ensure that there is a five year supply of deliverable land. The current 5 year land supply analysis, which is based on the information gathered by the SHLAA, is provided below.
The Government within its more detailed National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) has made a number of changes on how land supply assessments should be produced. The next update will be a joint housing and employment land assessment and will support the production of the part of the Local Plan which deals with site allocations (Allocations DPD). The Allocations process will involve a new “Call for sites” exercise which will allow landowners, the public and developers to submit further sites for consideration and the Council will continue to search for additional sites options.
In advance of the Allocations “Call for sites” exercise the Council continues to welcome the submission of any further sites for consideration. All sites should be at least 0.20ha and/or capable of accommodating at least 5 new homes. The SHLAA Call for sites proforma will therefore remain on this web page and can be downloaded, completed and returned until it is replaced by an alternative form.
New sites can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org . Further information on the SHLAA process can also be provided or requested by email or by phoning 01274 434461.