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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework all Councils are required to assess the amount of land available for housing development and produce a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The main purpose of the SHLAA is to identify an annually updated five-year housing land supply for the Borough through the managed delivery of sufficient land for housing.

SHLAA Front Cover

Joint working across Dorset

The national Planning Practice Guidance recommends that assessments be completed for whole Housing Market Areas (HMAs). All councils in the Eastern Dorset HMA (Bournemouth Borough, Christchurch Borough, East Dorset District, North Dorset District, Borough of Poole and Purbeck District Councils) have therefore agreed to work together to produce separate assessments under a common methodology.

Borough of Poole SHLAA

The Council published its first SHLAA in May 2008 prior to the submission of its Core Strategy to the Secretary of State; before its first revision in October 2008 and subsequent annual updates from 2010 onwards. 

Submission of new sites

As the SHLAA will be updated annually, the Council continues to welcome the submission of land, which will be considered as part of the assessment. If you would like to submit a site, please complete the 'SHLAA 2' Form (see right) and return to the address below. SHLAA 1 forms can be submitted for sites that already have planning permission. Submitted sites will be assessed annually or when it is deemed necessary to comprehensively review the Council's SHLAA.