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Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

The Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment, or SHELAA for short, considers the suitability and the potential for future development of various sites submitted to the Council.  The 2018 SHELAA was published in early October 2018.

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

Final 2018 SHELAA


 Schedules of sites by delivery timescales

 Schedules of sites by settlement

The documents below show SHELAA sites that have been submitted for housing.

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 2017 SHELAA housing sites in a particular area.  2018 maps will be available shortly.

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.

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Stephen Benge

Assistant Strategic Planning and Implementation Manager


01695 585274