Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

The Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) is a detailed document that identifies and assesses all land for its residential and employment development potential. 

In previous years the Lewes District SHELAA has included the areas within the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) area. However, from 2017 the Lewes SHELAA will not include areas within the SDNP area. In Eastbourne we are currently developing the SHELAA in order to support the next version of Eastbourne’s Local Plan and we anticipate that the SHELAA will be published in the summer of 2017.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires us to identify and maintain at least a five year supply of deliverable and developable land for housing. The study assesses whether sites submitted to us are either Deliverable (suitable, achievable and available) or Developable (suitable with a reasonable prospect of being available at a specific point in time) for future housing development.  As a ‘live’ document the assessment has been updated on an annual basis with the 2015 SHELAA update being the most recent for Lewes and 2010 for Eastbourne.

The SHELAA is an important technical piece of evidence.  The study is not a statement of Council policy and does not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for development (Paragraph 3, Section 2 of housing and economic land assessment, NPPG)).

Call for potential housing sites

The land availability assessment is usually updated on an annual basis.  If you wish to submit a site to be considered in the Lewes 2017 land availability assessment update please complete the form below and return it to us at the address given at the end of the form, together with an appropriately scaled map clearly identifying the site.  These must be received by 1st April 2018.

Sites within the South Downs National Park

From the 1st April 2013 the South Downs National Park Authority has directly received all new SHLAA site submissions within its area. Visit the South Downs National Park website for details on how to submit a SHLAA site within the South Downs National Park.