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.

Call for Sites

At this stage, no specific land is being suggested by the south Worcestershire Councils for future housing and employment uses. However, the Councils will need to identify specific sites in the future. To the end, a ‘Call for Sites’ was carried out between May and July 2018, to ask landowners to put forward land they have that they wish to make available for future development. These sites will be assessed by the Councils for their suitability / availability  / and whether they can be delivered in the plan period, as part of a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This will provide the SWC with evidence which will inform the deliverability of potential spatial development options which will then be set out in the Preferred Options that will be consulted upon in November 2019.

To view the sites that have been suggested but not yet assessed, please follow the link below to the Interactive Policies Map where there is a mapping layer at the top of the legend, called Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment.

Since the publication of the submitted Call for Sites, the site CFS0457 Land at Middle Battenhall Farm has been resubmitted covering a smaller area. Please click here to view the amended submission boundary.

The “Sites” Next Stage

After the SHELAA assessment, 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 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