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Strategic housing land availability assessment

Each year we invite submissions from organisations and the general public in a call for sites. It helps identify land which may be suitable for accommodating housing development in the future. 

This year, we were also interested in land which may be suitable for employment areas, or a combination of both employment and housing.

Submissions to be  considered in the 2020 Strategic housing and economic land availability assessment (SHELAA) closed on Sunday 29 March 2020. The panel has made an assessment of their suitability for future housing and employment land development.

The results of this process have been finalised and are now available to download.

All the previous SHLAA sites are available to view on an online map.

Sites for future developments

The 2020 SHELAA process is now closed, but we are able to accept new site submissions on an ongoing basis. Any submissions received after an annual call for sites deadline will be assessed the following year.

If you would like to submit a site, please fill in the site submission form which needs to be accompanied by the following information:

  • a map showing the site boundary, ideally at a scale of 1:1250;
  • any 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.

Although the assessment will form an important evidence source, the assessment does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development in the future. Currently the Forest of Dean district has an adequate supply of land for housing, so any sites that come forward may be considered on a long-term basis and retained in our database.

For information about the proposed methodology for the SHLAA please read the methodology document.

Land availability assessments 

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment reports from 2008 to 2018 are available to download.

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