Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon started a review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in late 2017. This is in line with new Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The review will provide an updated plan period to the year 2041.

As part of the preparation of the SWDP Review, a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise was undertaken inviting landowners or their agents/developers to submit land for potential future housing and employment development. Subsequently the SWC will publish a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA – previously only land available for housing was requested hence Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment). This will provide the SWC with evidence which will inform the spatial development option which will then be set out in the Preferred Option that will be consulted upon in November 2019.

The maps below show the sites which have been submitted through the ‘Call for Sites’ process. These sites will undergo rigorous assessment as part of the SHELAA and plan making processes. The sites which the SWC are proposing for development will then be set out in the Preferred Options consultation document in late 2019. The sites are being published alongside the Issues and Options for information and do not form part of the consultation.  Only those sites which have been submitted through the most recent call for sites are included in the SHELAA process. Please note that we received a small number of site submissions after 1 October 2018 which do not yet appear on the maps, however they will be included in the SHELAA process. If you have land which you wish to suggest for development and it is not shown on the maps below then you should submit your site to us by no later than 5pm on Monday 17 December 2018 using this form

SHELAA Call for Sites Submissions within Malvern Hills District

SHELAA Call for Sites Submissions within Worcester City

SHELAA Call for Sites Submissions within Wychavon District

SHELAA Methodology

Local Authorities are required to identify potential land for housing and employment uses, as part of the evidence gathering for the production of Local Plans. The SWC published their most up to date Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) in April 2015, to inform the current adopted SWDP housing allocations. It has been necessary to make a number of minor refinements to the methodology to ensure the latest land availability assessments reflect the most up to date Government guidance, and also to include an assessment of employment land potential. Hence, the latest work in progress to inform the SWDP Review is land identification and assessment for a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

Please find links below to the final revised SHELAA Methodology, the draft which was consulted on during May to July 2018, and a summary of responses received with Officer commentary.

SHELAA Methodology (Final)

Draft SHELAA Methodology consulted on in May to July 2018

Summary of Responses Received and Officer Commentary