Strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA)

As part of the evidence base to support the Local Plan, the Council has to prepare a strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) which assesses the potential suitability of land within the District for housing development.


The next update to the SHLAA will be produced during 2017 to help inform the Local Plan The SHLAA will consider the development potential of a range of different sites across the District for housing development. This will include sites that are already known to the Council, additional sites that are submitted to the Council and sites identified by the Council itself.

The SHLAA will build on previous assessments of land availability in the Forest of Dean including the most recent interim assessment published in 2016 (see below).  For information about the proposed methodology for the SHLAA please download the following:

Call for possible development sites

A key part of the new SHLAA process is a ‘call’ for potential development sites. We last asked for potential sites in September 2015 with a deadline of 20 November 2015.

Whilst we are still able to accept site submissions on a rolling basis, these will be assessed as part of future SHLAA updates, not the 2016 assessment.

We are interested in sites that may be suitable for housing and for travelling communities.

If you would like to submit a site to us for consideration, please fill in the site submission form below, which needs the following basic information:

  • a map showing the site boundary
  • any information relating to land ownership
  • any details that you think may be relevant to the assessment of the site.

Site submission form

Although the assessment will form an important evidence source, the Council stresses that the assessment does NOT determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development in the future. Currently the Forest of Dean has an adequate supply of land for housing, so any sites that come forward may be considered on a long-term basis and retained within the Council's database.

Land availability assessments

The sites submitted for consideration in 2014 and 2015 are considered in 2014 and 2015 interim reports:

The Council's most recent SHLAA was published for 2012 -2013 and considered potential housing sites in the District. For details of previous SHLAA reports and methodology please view the following documents using the drop down box: