Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
Local planning authorities are required to carry out a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to assess potential sites for future housing development.
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment forms an important part of the evidence base for the Local Plan, alongside our Strategic Land Review.
Its aim is to identify possible development sites and to:
- Assess whether they could be suitable for housing
- Assess when any development could happen
Provide an indicative estimate of the potential number of homes each site might reasonably accommodate if they were to be developed for housing purposes
Suggestions for New Sites
The Council will undertake a Call for Sites before updating the SHLAA. Any person can make a suggestion for a new site, not just landowners and their agents.
To submit a new site for consideration or update information on any previously assessed site, please complete the form below.
SHLAA pro forma18.69KB
Completed forms, along with a map of the site, can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at:
Spatial Planning Team
South Shields Town Hall and Civic Offices
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment documents
5 Year Housing Land Supply Report - 2017 - 2022465.65KB
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (Feb 2013)3.55MB
Sites summary schedule (Feb 2013)343.17KB
Gypsy & Traveller sites summary schedule (Feb 2013)53.64KB
Sites map (Feb 2013)187.6KB
Please note: The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment does not allocate sites for housing development, and nor does the inclusion of a site in the SHLAA necessarily mean that it is considered appropriate for housing or would be granted planning permission.
The decision on whether or not any site is allocated for housing or an alternative land use will only be made through the Local Plan's development plan documents, informed also by the distribution of the borough's housing needs and requirements for other land uses in different parts of the borough.
To buy copies of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment documents and map, please see our publications and fees page.
Brownfield (previously-developed) land is defined in the National Planning Policy Framework as land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes:
- Land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings
- Land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures
- Land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments, and
- Land that was previously-developed, but where the remains of the permanent structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time.
The Brownfield Land Register is informed by the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and highlights sites that are suitable for housing, available and capable of supporting development. The Register includes details of the site's location, how many homes it could provide and any planning history.
Register of Brownfield Land8.13KB
Brownfield Land Register map11.35MB