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

The SHELAA (2020) 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.

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Call for Sites

Site Submissions

The Council invited individuals, landowners, developers and site promoters to put forward sites to be considered through the forthcoming update to the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).  The SHELAA will be a crucial piece of our evidence base for the District Plan Review which is now underway. 

Sites can be submitted for a range of uses including, but are not limited to: 

  • Housing (i.e. affordable housing and self-build and custom housebuilding);
  • Specialist housing (i.e. housing for older people; C2);
  • Gypsy and Traveller sites;
  • Employment; and
  • Infrastructure (i.e. community uses, renewable energy).

The most recent formal call for sites closed on the 19th February 2021.  Submissions can still be made but those made after 24th September 2021 will not be included in the forthcoming SHELAA.  To be considered as a potential allocation, submissions should be made during the District Plan review Regulation 18 consultation (winter 2021/22).

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: 15 September 2021