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.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The next update to the SHLAA will be produced later this year (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 - SHLAA 2017

A key part of the new SHLAA process is a call for potential development sites. We are now asking for potential sites now and will accept submission until the deadline Friday 7th July 2017.

Whilst we are still able to accept submissions after the deadline on a rolling basis, these will be assessed as part of future SHLAA updates, not the 2017 assessment if submitted after this date.

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 2017, which needs the following basic information:

  • a map showing the site boundary at a scale of 1:1250
  • any information relating to land ownership with contact details i.e. telephone number and email 
  • any details that you think may be relevant to the assessment of the site

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:

Information in the form of site lists was published for 2014 and 2015. A report outlining the methodology accompanies the SHLAA report for 2012/13, and these together with the earlier reports can be accessed from the links below. Maps of the sites are available via the link in the individual schedules or from (link  to the map). 

The reports below remain relevant, however the appendices within the reports no longer link to the associated maps.  To view the site maps please refer to Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2012-2013, which contains all submissions from 2008 - 2013. 

Strategic Housing Land Availability Report 2011

Strategic Housing Land Availability Report 2010

Strategic Housing Land Availability Report 2009

Strategic Housing Land Availability Report 2008