Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Draft Methodology

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1. Background

1.1. Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAA) are a key component of the evidence base to support the delivery of sufficient land for housing to meet the community’s need for more homes. This assessment is required by national planning policy, set out in National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 159). This study is an assessment to identify land for housing and assess the deliverability and developability of sites.

1.2. The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the East of England identified the Harlow Area for significant growth. The coalition Government stated its intention to abolish Regional Spatial Strategies in June 2010, with the necessary legislation being put in place following the enactment of the Localism Act in November 2011. The Council continues, to maintain a dialogue with East Hertfordshire and Epping Forest District Councils to reflect the duty to cooperate as set out in the Act. This will ensure the development needs of the Harlow area can be delivered in a sustainable and coordinated way.

1.3. Notwithstanding the above the Council undertook formal public consultation on Harlow’s Core Strategy Issues and Options in November 2010. This enabled the Council to scope the currently perceived planning issues affecting Harlow. It also provided the Council with feedback on a range of potential growth options that were evaluated by consultants as a way of delivering the quantum of development proposed in the East of England Plan for the wider Harlow area.

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