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Strategic housing and economic land availability assessment

The new local plan will eventually set out the location of future development in the District, as part of the process we update our evidence on housing and employment land availability annually through the SHELAA. The aim of this exercise is to have a clear understanding of land which is available throughout the District and to identify as many sites as possible that have housing and employment potential in the area.

Every year we invite any interested parties, Parishes, individuals, landowners and developers to inform us of sites within the District that they consider suitable to be assessed to accommodate future housing and employment as part of the SHELAA.

Call for sites

The date for 2022 submissions has now passed. Any new submissions will be assessed as part of the SHELAA update in 2023. If you have previously submitted a site(s) you will not be required to re-submit, unless you wish to make changes to the site or remove it from the study, as past sites will be carried forward.

If you wish to put forward any potential housing or employment sites for consideration in 2023, please complete a SHELAA form and return it to us at the address below please include the following information with your application

  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Form (see below)
  • a map showing the site boundary, ideally at a scale of 1:1250
  • information relating to land ownership with contact details i.e. telephone number and email
  • any details that you think may be relevant to the assessment of the site

Please return your submission to:

  • Post: Local Plans, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG
  • Email: 

This assessment provides an important source of evidence for the council, but it is important to note that any assessment undertaken by the Council at this stage does not allocate the sites to be developed nor guarantee a site will be allocated in the future. The allocation of sites for future housing or employment development will be determined through the Forest of
Dean Local Plan or neighbourhood plans.

For information about the methodology for the SHLAA please read the methodology document:

Land availability assessments

We are in the process of switching the SHLAA mapping to a new system. 2021 sites can be accessed through the 2021 report while 2020 sites and older can be accessed through the 2020 report. Eventually all sites will be viewable through the new system

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment reports from 2008 to 2021 are available to download below.

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