Land Availability Assessments including Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning au

thorities to have a clear understanding of the land available for development in their area by preparing a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). This is a technical document that helps to identify a supply of potentially suitable sites for housing and is used to inform planning policies. 

Inclusion of a site in the SHLAA does not indicate that a site will be granted planning permission or allocated for development.

We prepared SHLAA assessments in 2012, 2011 and 2010 as part of the preparation of the Local Plan.  Further documents that supported these assessments are included in our SHLAA archives. 

These SHLAA reports to date have been undertaken in accordance with the Methodology prepared for the Exeter Housing Market Area.
A new methodology has now been developed and will be used for future SHLAA work.

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No East Devon specific SHLAA has been undertaken since 2012 because the local plan was undergoing examination and was adopted in 2016. 

However, as part of the preparation of a Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP) there was a call for sites in 2017. 

The larger strategic sites were considered by the GESP team as part of a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) that will be published alongside the draft policies and site options consultation on the Greater Exeter Strategic plan (currently expected in September 2020 but please check the GESP web page 'Draft Policies and Site Options - Greater Exeter Strategic Plan' for any delays due to the impacts of Covid-19). 

To coincide with the GESP consultation we anticipate that there will be an opportunity to submit additional sites for consideration and any sites in East Devon that are not considered to be of a strategic scale would then be considered as part of our (East Devon) local plan review. 

If you would like to be informed of this call for sites please contact planning policy on 01395 571683 or email

Further guidance on the purpose and preparation of Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessments (HELAAs) is included in the National Planning Guidance.  This states the assessment of land availability is an important step in the preparation of local plans and should identify a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses over the plan period.  An assessment should:

  • identify sites and broad locations with potential for development.
  • assess their development potential
  • assess their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward (the availability and achievability).


2012 - The following documents include sites that were assessed / reassessed by the SHLAA Panel:

2011 - The 2011 SHLAA Database contains comments and supporting information on site assessments.

2010 - A schedule of the sites considered in the first SHLAA may be viewed together with a schedule showing sites found to be deliverable or developable. The 2010 SHLAA Database contains comments and supporting information on site assessments.