Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

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

The Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to prepare Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAA). The SHLAA provides an assessment of the potential of a Local Authority area to accommodate housing development over the Local Plan period. It provides an assessment of the suitability, availability and achievability of potential new housing sites and informs housing and planning policy.

SHLAA Update 6

The latest version of the SHLAA, Update 6, has (mid-September 2015) been published. Published documents include an Executive summary, the main report and 8 no. appendices. This supersedes all previous updates.

The Council expects to start work on Update 7 shortly, and further details will appear here in due course. If you wish to submit a new site for assessment, or have new information for a site previously submitted, please send these to planning.policy@darlington.gov.uk marked ‘SHLAA Update 7’ An assessment pack for completion and return is provided for new sites

The methodology consultation carried out in early 2015 and the responses received to it are available to view below:


SHLAA Update 5 Autumn 2013

This fifth annual update to Darlington's SHLAA, carried out during Autumn 2013, has been published, in January 2014. As with the previous updates, it identifies and assesses new potential housing sites, and where appropriate, uses new information to amend the assessment of sites identified in previous SHLAA exercises. Information on SHLAA sites was then added to new data on housing completions and new sites with planning permission to get a comprehensive, accurate and up to date picture of housing delivery in future years. This fifth update, together with its appendices, can be viewed below. The SHLAA will form part of the evidence base for the emerging new Local Plan for the Borough of Darlington and will inform the identification of potential new housing sites to be allocated in the Making and Growing Places DPD.

Submitting sites for assessment

To submit a site in Darlington Borough for assessment in the 2014 SHLAA Update, please download the Assessment Pack [word document], fill it out to the best of your knowledge, and send it to the email or postal addresses given below. Please also send a map with the boundary of the site for assessment clearly outlined in red. Work on the 2014 Update is due to start in late Summer/early Autumn.

Previous SHLAA Reports

SHLAA Update 4 Autumn 2012

This fourth annual update to Darlington's SHLAA was published in December 2012. As with the previous updates, it identifies and assesses new potential housing sites, and where appropriate, uses new information to amend the assessment of sites identified in previous SHLAA exercises. Information on SHLAA sites was then added to new data on housing completions and new sites with planning permission in order to again build a comprehensive and accurate picture of housing delivery in future years. This third update, together with its appendices, can be viewed below.

The SHLAA will form part of the evidence base for the emerging new Local Plan for the Borough of Darlington and will inform the identification of potential new housing sites to be allocated in the Making and Growing Places DPD.

SHLAA Update 3 Autumn 2011

This third annual update to Darlington's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) was published in January 2012. As with the previous updates, it identifies and assesses new potential housing sites, and where appropriate, uses new information to amend the assessment of sites identified in previous SHLAA exercises. Information on SHLAA sites was then added to new data on housing completions and new sites with planning permission in order to again build a comprehensive and accurate picture of housing delivery in future years. This third update, together with its appendices can be viewed below:

Submitting sites for assessment

To submit a site in Darlington Borough for assessment in the 2011 SHLAA Update, please download the Assessment Pack [word document], fill it out to the best of your knowledge, and send it to the email or postal addresses given below. Please also send a map with the boundary of the site for assessment clearly outlined in red. Work on the 2014 Update 6 is due to start in late Summer/early Autumn.

SHLAA Update 2 December 2010

This second annual update to Darlington's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) was published in December 2010. As the first update, it identifies and assesses new potential housing sites, and where appropriate, uses new information to amend the assessment of sites identified in the first update of Autumn 2009. Information on SHLAA sites was then added to new data on housing completions and new sites with planning permission in order to again build a comprehensive and accurate picture of housing delivery in future years. This second update, together with its appendices, is available by clicking on the links below:

SHLAA update 1 Autumn 2009

The first annual update to Darlington’s SHLAA was published in December 2009. The update identified and assessed new potential housing sites, and used new information to amend the assessment of sites identified in the March 2009 SHLAA. Information on SHLAA sites was then added to new data on housing completions and new sites with planning permission in order to build a comprehensive and accurate picture of housing delivery in future years. The first update, together with its appendices and an executive summary is available to view by clicking on the links below (links are as existing under this subheading).

Darlington SHLAA March 2009

The Council published its first SHLAA on 31st March 2009.