Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

Winchester City Council has started to consider the evidence it will need to inform the Local Plan Review scheduled to commence during 2018. A key piece of evidence will be having an up to date understanding of sites potentially available for consideration for future development. Therefore the Council has commenced preparation of The Winchester District Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) this will replace the current Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2015 which can be viewed by downloading the documents at the bottom of this webpage.

The SHELAA will only cover the part of the District which is NOT within the South Downs National Park.

The South Downs National Park produce their own SHLAA which was published in December 2016 and is available to view on their website.

‘Call for Sites’ 2018

The Council is undertaking  a Call for Sites to inform  preparation of the SHELAA, which will be a technical document setting out  information on sites for potential housing, economic development, Gypsy and Travelling Showpeople, Self Build housing etc. in relation to their suitability, availability and achievability.

The reasons for undertaking this exercise are:

  1. The information submitted as part of the Call for Sites will help to identify suitable Brownfield Sites to be placed on the Council’s ‘Brownfield Register’
  2. The SHELAA will help to inform future planning documents i.e. Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans
  3. The SHELAA will also provide the basis for calculating the five year deliverable housing land supply position.

The SHELAA will only identify sites which have been submitted for consideration to the Council, it does not allocate sites for specific uses. The inclusion of a site in the SHELAA does not imply that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission, this is simple the first stage in the process. Similarly, the identification of potential Brownfield Sites through the SHELAA process does not imply that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission.

The Council has prepared a Guidance Note which sets out the purpose of the SHELAA / Brownfield Call for Sites and the process for submission of sites. Only sites that can accommodate a net gain of 5 or more dwellings; are in excess of  0.25ha or can provide at least 500m² of economic floor space will be included.

Information required to be included within the submission can be found within the SHELAA Call for Sites Submission Form 2018. All promoted sites will be made publically available on the Council’s website in due course, personal details and land ownership will not be published  in accordance with the Data Protection Act requirements. .

The 2018 Call for Sites has now closed. If you have a site you would like to submit for next years call for sites we request that you complete the form online or download and email it to