Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)


The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to produce a strategic housing and economic land availability assessment (SHELAA) to identify sufficient land to meet their housing need over the plan period.

This is the April 2016 Assessment, which has a base date of April 2016.

SHLAA - Main Report Sections

Call for Sites - November 2017

A call for sites was undertaken in October 2017. The information received is now being considered and will inform the preparation of the revised SHELAA, and Brownfield Land Register.

Further details and a form to submit sites for consideration in the SHELAA can be found on the Call for Sites page.

SHLAA 2016

Parish Chapters and Maps


Ansty and Staplefield


Ashurst Wood



Burgess Hill


East Grinstead


Haywards Heath

Horsted Keynes

Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural


Turners Hill


West Hoathly



The Council's Methodology used for the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment closely follows Government Practice Guidance. Landowners and developers can submit information to the SHLAA at any time by email to

Review of Landscape and Visual Aspects of Site Suitability

Land Use Consultants were appointed to undertake a focused review of the SHLAA.  The purpose was to provide a detailed and robust assessment of the potential for development, with a focus on landscape and visual impact considerations.   The review focuses on the greenfield sites where they had been assessed as not suitable for development, but where available and achievable and greenfield sites that were assessed as developable.  A total of 99 were reviewed.  The findings of the study have been incorporated into the SHLAA assessment.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment in the South Downs National Park

From the 1st of April 2013 the South Downs National Park Authority will directly receive all new Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) site submissions within its area. Further details on the SHLAA published by the South Downs National Park Authority can be found on the Park Authorities’ website by following the link below:

South Downs National Park Authority - SHLAA