The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) identifies a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing uses over the plan period covered by the Local Plan.

The role of the SHLAA is to identify potential housing sites as evidence to help us make decisions about the location of housing in the emerging Local Plan.

The SHLAA does not decide where housing should be located or decide what specific housing sites should be allocated. The fact that a site has been mentioned in the SHLAA does not mean that it will be allocated in the Local Plan or that it will be granted planning permission

The following Assessments have been published:

More information on each of the assessments (most recent first) is provided below:

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2014 identifies a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing uses over the plan period covered by the Local Plan.

Within the SHLAA documents are settlement maps, which show a number of sites outlined in red. Some residents are under the impression that a piece of land that is included in the SHLAA has already been earmarked by the Council for development. This is not the case.

Being included in the SHLAA does not mean that a site will be developed, simply that it is available and has been put forward as a suggestion, for example by a landowner.

The Council has carried out an initial assessment of suggested greenfield sites to see whether they could be suitable for future development and has given each one a green, amber or red score ( the score can be seen at the end of each site assessment). A site which is classified as Red, means that it is unlikely to be suitable as a future allocation. Before any sites are allocated in the plan, we will need to take full account of issues like traffic, infrastructure, flood risk, impact on the countryside and the availability of services that residents have expressed their concerns about.

More sites have been promoted by landowners than are likely to be needed, so there will be an element of choice about which sites are finally allocated and which are rejected.

Update: One of the sites in the SHLAA, land to the south west of Binscombe (ID 572) has received a great deal of local interest. This site has an estimated yield of between 411 and 548 dwellings and was given a red score (unlikely to be suitable for development) in the SHLAA. The promoter of this site has informed the Council that he no longer wishes to promote this site or Land off the B3000, Binscombe (ID 570) for housing development through the Local Plan process. As the sites are no longer deemed to be ‘available’, they will not be included in future editions of the SHLAA.

Further Information

If you have any queries or wish to find out more about the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment please contact Matthew Ellis on 01483 523297.

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