Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Draft Methodology

Ended on the 22nd October 2012
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2. Introduction

2.1. The purpose of a SHLAA is to identify sites within the town that may have potential for housing, to assess this potential, and to assess if they are likely to be brought forward for development. It must be remembered that land identified as part of this study forms part of the evidence base to assist in the preparation of the Council’s future development plan. It does not mean sites identified in the process will be developed for housing.

2.2. Guidance for producing a SHLAA is contained in a Practice Guide published by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Additional guidance has been set out by Planning Advisory Service (PAS).

2.3. The primary role of the SHLAA in the guidance is to produce the following core outputs:

  • A list of sites, cross-referenced to maps showing locations and boundaries of specific sites (and showing broad locations, where necessary)

  • Assessment of the deliverability/developability of each identified site (in terms of its suitability, availability and achievability) to determine when an identified site is realistically expected to be developed

  • Potential quantity of housing that could be delivered on each identified site or within each identified broad location (where necessary) or on windfall sites (where justified)

  • Constraints on the delivery of identified sites

  • Recommendations on how these constraints could be overcome and when

Source : Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments Practice Guidance

2.4. To achieve this the following processes are required:

  • The survey and assessment should involve key stakeholders including house builders, social landlords, local property agents and local communities. Other relevant agencies may include the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships (a requirement in areas where they are particularly active)

  • The methods, assumptions, judgements and findings should be discussed and conclusions recorded throughout the process in an open and transparent way, and explained in the Assessment report. The report should include an explanation as to why particular sites or areas have been excluded from the assessment.

Source : Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments Practice Guidance

2.5. The SHLAA is a key element of the evidence base for the Council’s emerging Development Plan.

2.6. The SHLAA does not determine whether identified sites should be allocated in formal Development Plan Documents .Sites which may have potential to contribute towards the town’s housing requirement and identified through the SHLAA will require further scrutiny through the statutory development plan process.

2.7. The SHLAA will cover at minimum a 15 year time span from the estimated adoption date of the Council’s Development Plan with the land supply being based on the quantum and the location of growth. Harlow’s future Development Plan is currently being prepared, however, its final Adoption date has still to be determined.

2.8. The SHLAA will be kept under review as the preparation of the Development Plan progresses, and will be updated as part of the Annual Monitoring Report.

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