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Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

Assessing land or premises that might be suitable for housing or employment uses

North Dorset District Council is reviewing its recently adopted Local Plan Part 1. To help in this process we are carrying out a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) to identify sites that may have potential for development over the next 15 years. The SHELAA is similar to a SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment) but includes consideration of employment land.  When published, the SHELAA will replace the previous SHLAAs for North Dorset.

In September to October 2016 we undertook a 'Call for Sites' consultation. This was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit new sites which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs.

In addition we are still considering previously submitted sites. If you have submitted a site to us in the past and you wish it to remain for consideration, you need take no further action unless you wish to provide us with updated information. If you wish to withdraw a site at any stage or inform us of any change in circumstances let us know in writing. For reference, the majority of sites currently on our database (opens in a new window) can be viewed online.

We are currently surveying sites and hope to publish a SHELAA later this year (2017). We will inform everyone on our database at the time.

For further information, please call 01258 484224 or email: planningpolicy@north-dorset.gov.uk

Site Assessment Methodology

Local authorities are required to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to provide realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and the likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the plan period. In addition, we are required to plan to meet the economic needs of the area, including identifying sufficient land for future development. We will assess all the sites using the methodology set out in the National Planning Practice Guidance. This can be viewed at: Planning Practice Guidance (opens in a new window)

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