Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Land Register

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), Local Planning Authorities are required to undertake a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to provide the evidence base to support the availability of sufficient developable land to meet the community's need for more homes.

Specifically, the SHLAA provides a survey and analysis of ongoing and potential housing supply and includes an assessment of the suitability, availability and achievability of potential housing sites. It should be noted that the inclusion of any site in the SHLAA does not convey Council support for its future development, whether through the planning application process or via allocating the land for development in a local plan.

The SHLAA was most recently reviewed in August 2017, and provides part of the evidence base supporting the emerging Redcar & Cleveland Local Plan. The 2017 SHLAA document can be downloaded via the link below:

Brownfield Land Register

In April 2017, the Government published regulations requiring Local Planning Authorities to prepare and publish a Brownfield Land Register by 31 December 2017, and to review it each year. The Register will provide publicly available information on previously developed (brownfield) sites in Redcar & Cleveland which offer realistic potential for housing development.

Brownfield Land Registers consist of a Part 1 and a Part 2. Part 1 provides details of all sites included in the register. Part 2 list those sites which have also been granted Permission in Principle, which is broadly equivalent to an outline planning permission. Subject to undertaking prior consultation, local planning authorities have the power to grant permission in principle on any site in Part 1 of the Register.

The Register comprises a spreadsheet arranged and populated in accordance with the Government's published Data Standard, supported by digital mapping information. It includes links to site plans (in the 'SitePlanURL' column), and from existing planning permissions (in the 'PlanningHistory' column). Some of these sites have also been included as allocations in the emerging Redcar & Cleveland Local Plan (see links in the SiteInformation column).

Part 1 has been completed and is available to view via the link below. All sites in the Register are already in the public domain and identified in the 2017 SHLAA.

There are no plans to grant Permission in Principle on any sites in 2017. However, consideration will be given in the 2018 review to including sites in Part 2.

For inclusion on the final Register, sites must meet the following criteria as set out in the regulations:
  • 0.25 hectares or more in size or capable of accommodating at least 5 dwellings;
  • Suitable for residential development: this means the land has planning permission for housing or housing-led development; or has been allocated for such development in a Local Plan; or is considered appropriate for such development by the Council;
  • Available for residential development: this means that there is no impediment to development in terms of either ownership issues or legal constraints on the land; and
  • Residential development of the land is achievable: the land is likely to be developed within 15 years of being entered on the register.

Sites must also meet the definition of previously developed land as set out at Annex 2 of the NPPF.

Submitting Further Sites to the SHLAA and Brownfield Land Register

The Council is seeking to update the SHLAA each year, to coincide with and incorporate the annual assessment of five year deliverable housing supply as required by the NPPF, and to inform the annual review of the Brownfield Land Register.

If you wish to suggest a site for consideration in the SHLAA, and potentially for inclusion in the Brownfield Land Register, this can be done through completing a site submission form, which can be accessed via the link below:

Alternatively, please supply basic details of the site(s) including a location plan clearly showing the site boundaries.

Sites which are already included in the SHLAA do not need to be resubmitted unless site circumstances have changed significantly. Submissions can be made as follows:

Via email to:

In writing to: Planning Strategy Team, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, TS10 1RT.

Any enquirers regarding this process can be made to the Council's Planning Strategy Team on 01287 612356.

A formal Call for Sites consultation exercise will also be undertaken, in early 2018, as part of the review process.

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