The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to produce a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

In Autumn 2017, the Council sought nominations from landowners for sites which could be considered for housing and employment. This is the first stage of work in the preparation of the Council’s Site Allocations Plan.  The SHELAA (2018) sets out the long list of sites which were nominated to the Council. These sites do not have any planning status.  Including them in the SHELAA does not mean that they will be developed in the future.

The next stage of work will be to carry out a detailed assessment of the suitability of these sites, which will inform a Site Selections Report, at which stage, some sites will be excluded, and others will be considered further for inclusion in the Site Allocations Documents.

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Call for Sites

Site Submissions

Online Site Submission Form

Nominations were required to be submitted by Friday 16th February 2018 to be included in the 2018 SHELAA.  However, the council operates a ‘rolling’ call for sites, so landowners/developers and agents can continue to submit sites to us , although they may not be considered through the SHELAA 2018.


SHELAA in the South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park Authority directly receives all new Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) site submissions within its area.

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Last updated: 23 May 2018