Shropshire Council

Strategic Land Availability Assessment

To inform the partial review of the Shropshire Development Plan, work has now commenced on the preparation of a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA). The SLAA is a technical assessment of the suitability; availability; and achievability (including viability) of land for development. Whilst the assessment primarily focuses on land for residential and employment development, where appropriate, it also considers the merits of using the sites for other uses and mixed use development. The purpose of this assessment is to provide an informed estimate of how much land is available for development in the future and will form part of the evidence base for the partial review of the Development Plan. If you would like to submit land for inclusion within this assessment, please complete the attached Site Assessment Proforma available under the related information section of this page and email it to

Please Note: Whilst the SLAA is an important technical document, it does not allocate land for development or include all locations where future housing growth will occur. The SLAA ultimately provides information which will be investigated further through the plan-making process. The SLAA incorporates the process formerly known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

The 2014 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The 2014 SHLAA sets out information on the availability of land where housing could be developed and provides an informed estimate of how much will be available in the future. It does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development, or where future growth should go. It's the role of the Development Plan to make decisions on the use of land, using the SHLAA as an evidence base. The ongoing SLAA assessment will update and expand upon the 2014 SHLAA.

The 2014 SHLAA was an update, carried out solely by the officers of Shropshire Council, building on the initial study by Baker Associates in 2008 and an update in 2009/10.

2014 report

2009 report