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Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

The Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment, or SHELAA for short, looks at the potential of housing and/or employment sites for development in the future. We prepared a draft SHELAA in early 2017 and consulted on it in March/April 2017. We have taken on board comments made on existing sites, and new sites submitted. These are reflected in the final SHELAA.

The SHELAA supersedes the 'SHLAA' (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment).  We published SHLAAs annually from 2010 to 2016.

Please note that the majority of sites are 'parked'. This is because they are assessed against current planning policy. If, however, extra land is needed in conjunction with the Local Plan Review, these sites can be revisited and assessed/considered through the site allocations process.

The 2018 SHELAA is being finalised.  Until it is published, the 2017 SHELAA remains the most up-to-date publicly available SHELAA.

Final 2017 SHELAA

 Schedules of sites by delivery timescales

 Schedules of sites by settlement

The documents below show SHELAA sites that have been submitted for housing.  We intend to publish a schedule of sites submitted for employment uses in due course.

The document below shows the SHELAA sites that have been submitted for employment use (some may have also been submitted for housing or mixed use), as well as sites within existing employments areas.

Maps of SHELAA housing sites

The maps below show the locations on all SHELAA housing sites in a particular area.

Submitting new sites

If you want to submit a new site for the Council's consideration, please use the online form below. We will accept sites at any time, but they will only enter the SHELAA at the time of the next update (usually annually, in late spring). Your submission will need to be accompanied by a plan, showing the relevant land edged in red.


How we handle your data

Completing the SHELAA form enables you to submit a site to West Lancashire Borough Council for our consideration as a potential development site as we prepare Local Plans, one of our legal duties.

If you choose not to send us any contact details, we will be unable to verify that the site you have submitted is 'available', which is likely to rule it out from consideration as a potential future site allocation.

For further information as to how we handle your data, please see the Level 2 Privacy Notice. Paper copies are available on request. If you would like to discuss this notice, or how we will use your personal data, you can contact a Planning Policy Officer via Localplan@westlancs.gov.uk or on 01695 585284.