Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

Current SHELAA and other relevant documents

I want to submit a site, what do I have to do?

Please complete the 'Potential Development Sites Proposal Form' (links below) with as much information as possible. A map showing the boundaries of the site will need to be attached in addition to the form. Then send it to our team at


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the main purpose of a SHLAA/SHELAA?

To find out where there are potential sites for housing/employment, assess what this potential is and when they are likely to be developed.

How does a SHELAA assist Local Authorities such as Melton Borough Council?

A SHELAA helps councils to:

  • Identify deliverable sites for the first five years of a plan.

  • Identify developable sites for 6-10 years or more to help ensure that the five year supply is topped up.

  • Identify broader locations for future growth or larger development opportunities that may require new settlements or urban extensions.

Does a site need planning permission already?

No, any site can be included or recommended for inclusion.

Can the SHELAA include a potential site that is not allocated?

Yes, any site can be included as long as it is submitted to the local planning authority.

What is the status of a SHELAA site in relation to planning permissions?

The SHELLAA is not planning policy. Any site that has not been allocated or has no planning permission would have to go through the normal planning process. The decision to grant planning permission is made by the Council under statutory legislation and with regard to planning policy.

What process is followed during a SHELAA update?

Usually the process starts with a 'call for sites' where the local authority contact developers and agents in order to ask for potential sites. Once the sites are submitted, the local authority will undertake a desktop assessment and site visits in order to produce a draft report. This draft report is sent to the Environment Agency, Natural England, Historic England and Highways for comments. The draft conclusions are moderated by a stakeholder panel (usually involving estate agents, developers and agents) before the production of the final report.

Can I submit a site before or after a 'call for sites'?

Yes, we accept submissions even out of the 'call for sites' window and they will be assessed during the next SHELAA update.

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