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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2013/14

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2013/14

Each local planning authority is required by national planning policy to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (Housing Land Assessment), in order to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and likely economic viability of potential housing sites, as part of the process of assessing whether it has enough land to meet its housing requirements. This is an important step in preparing Local Plans.

While the Housing Land Assessment is an important evidence source to inform plan making it does not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for development. Rather it is the role of the assessment to provide information on the range of sites which are available to meet its need for housing, but it is for a Local Plan to determine which of those sites are the most suitable to meet those needs.

Similarly the inclusion of a site in a Housing Land Assessment does not guarantee that planning permission will be granted for development.

The Housing Land Assessment is updated on a regular basis, as part of the Council's ongoing land use monitoring process.

For more information on the purpose of a land assessment please consult the National Planning Practice Guidance. To find out more about the requirement to prepare a land assessment please visit the National Planning Policy Framework.

Download the 2013/14 Assessment here:

To help inform future updates of the SHLAA, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council undertook a Call for Sites exercise which ran for eight weeks from 8 September to 31 October 2014. This exercise is now closed, however If you still wish to nominate a site then please download and complete a response form and e-mail it to Planning Policy. Please note that site submissions received after 31 October 2014 may now be considered later on in the Joint Local Plan preparation process.

The inclusion of a site in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment does not guarantee that the site will be allocated for development or that an application for planning permission will be granted.

Previous Assessments


Last updated 1 September 2017

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