Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

The idea behind the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) is to identify a list of possible housing and economic development sites and assess the overall potential of those sites.

The SHELAA lists sites submitted to the council for consideration as part of the local plan. It includes links to maps of settlements where land has been suggested, and provides some brief information about each of the sites.

The sites are assessed on their suitability for development, availability and the likelihood of development being financially viable. The assessment is used in the production of new planning policy documents, but it doesn't make policy decisions on future site allocations. The inclusion of a site in the SHELAA doesn't mean it will be developed, or that we would view an application on the site favourably.

The process of creating the SHELAA began with an initial “call for sites” in 2014, with further sites being submitted through consultation on the Local Plan. Harrogate Borough Council first published, and consulted on, the SHELAA in 2016 and it will be updated on an annual basis. Details of all published SHELAA documents can be viewed via the links below.

Page last updated 18/01/2018