SHLAA - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

SHLAA - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The Winchester District Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) September 2015 Update can be viewed by downloading the documents at the bottom of this webpage. This document forms part of the evidence base for the Local Plan.

Winchester City Council must stress that the SHLAA is not a document that allocates these sites for development nor does it give them any new planning status. For land outside settlement boundaries, it is simply a map of the sites that have been put forward by people who think that they would be suitable for development in the future. This does not mean that the City Council agrees. The process of producing the Local Plan Part 2 looks at each and decides if it is suitable for allocation or not based on a wide range of planning policy criteria. That process involves public consultation.

Sites which are outside settlement boundaries defined in the Winchester District Local Plan remain subject to countryside policies. The fact that they are identified in the SHLAA does not change that.

The SHLAA informed the development of the Local Plan Part 1 (Joint Core Strategy) and the emerging Local Plan Part 2 (Development Management and Allocations).

Strategic housing sites have been allocated in Local Plan Part 1. Further housing allocations (for smaller sites) are being made through Local Plan Part 2. Local Plan Part 1 was adopted in March 2013 and the Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan Part 2 is expected to be published in November 2015.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment in the South Downs National Park

From the 1st of April 2013 the South Downs National Park Authority directly received all new SHLAA site submissions within its area.
 
The details on how to submit a SHLAA site within the South Downs National Park can be found on the Park Authority’s website by following the link below.

www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/local-plan/evidence-and-supporting-documents/strategic-housing-land-availability-assessment

The Winchester District Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) September 2015 Update therefore does not contain any SHLAA sites that are located in the South Downs National Park area.

What is a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)?

The Winchester City Council Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) considers how much housing land could potentially come forward within the District over the next 15 years. It is an important part of the evidence base for the Local Development Framework as it identifies housing sites which are potentially developable and deliverable within the urban areas of the District.

However it is important to understand that the SHLAA is not a document which allocates sites for development and nor does the identification of a site within the SHLAA guarantee that planning permission will be granted on that site. Instead, the SHLAA is an evidence document which informs the development of the Local Plan Parts 1 and 2.