Shropshire Council

Strategic Land Availability Assessment

To inform the partial review of the Shropshire Development Plan, work is being undertaken to prepare 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.

The base date for the current SLAA is 31 March 2018, sites submitted after this date will be filed for inclusion with a future SLAA. If you'd like to submit land for inclusion in a future SLAA assessment, please complete the site assessment proforma (available as 'related information' on this page) and email it to

Please note that while the SLAA is an important technical document, it doesn't 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 doesn't 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 on the 2014 SHLAA.

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

2014 report

2009 report