Woking Borough Council

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

SHLAA and Housing Land Supply Position Statement

The purpose of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is to identify specific deliverable and developable sites, to demonstrate how the level of housing supply set out in the adopted Core Strategy is to be achieved.

The Council will each year contact planning agents, landowners and other interested parties, to request that potential sites are put forward for consideration. This is the 'Call for Sites' referred to by the Woking 2027 Site Allocations DPD webpage.

Updating the SHLAA (2017)

The Council has recently written to landowners, developers, planning agents and other statutory and relevant organisations to provide up to date information on potential housing development sites across the Borough.

Sites can be promoted to the Council in the following ways:

The Council's preference would be for you to complete the pro-forma electronically using the dedicated e-form

  • Alternatively you can return the pro-forma electronically to planning.policy@woking.gov.uk;
  • If you are unable to submit your pro-forma electronically then you can post it to 'The Planning Policy Team, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL'.

Please note that a separate form should be completed for each site you wish to promote and should include a site location plan which clearly identifies the site.

If you wish to promote a site that you have previously submitted to the Council then please confirm that the site is still available by emailing the Planning Policy Team or completing a new SHLAA e-form or pro-forma.

The deadline for returning the SHLAA pro-forma was Friday 22 September 2017. Nevertheless any sites promoted to the Council after this date will still be considered.

If you have received a letter and you are no longer the correct point of contact for the site, please contact the Planning Policy team and, if possible, also forward our letter to the appropriate person.

It should be noted that the SHLAA will only include sites capable of delivering five or more net additional dwellings.

Background to the SHLAA

The Council is currently working towards meeting an annual housing requirement of 292 dwellings per annum. The main role of the SHLAA is to:

  • identify and assess sites and their potential for housing

  • assess when sites are likely to be developed.

The SHLAA is an important part of the evidence base for the documents that will comprise the Council's Local Development Documents (LDDs). In particular, the Core Strategy, which identifies broad locations for development, and the Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD).

Specifically, the SHLAA:

  • identifies the recent pattern of housing development;

  • identifies the choice of sites available to meet Woking Borough's housing requirement;

  • forms a basis for making decisions about where to locate housing development in the future;

  • informs whether action may need to be taken in order to ensure that sites become deliverable;

  • informs whether policies need to be reviewed to enable identified sites to come forward for development.

It should be noted that the SHLAA does not determine whether a site will be allocated for housing development. Any conclusions reached in the study are made without prejudice to the determination of any subsequent planning applications in respect of the sites assessed.

Sites for housing will be allocated in the Site Allocations Development Plan Document, which is being prepared using the evidence in the SHLAA and other studies. The Council will continue to involve the community in the preparation of the Site Allocations DPD through wide reaching public consultation; for more details see the Site Allocations DPD webpage. The DPD will also be subject to independent examination.

The updated SHLAA will be prepared by officers of the Council in conjunction with key stakeholders and with specialist input from consultants where necessary. The SHLAA is based on the best information reasonably available at the time of writing and using the professional judgment of those involved.

SHLAA 2014

Woking Borough Council has prepared its fourth Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Woking Borough. This was published in June 2015. This study supersedes the previous studies including the SHLAA 2011.

The SHLAA 2014:

SHLAA 2011

This is the third Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Woking Borough. The 2011 study superseded the previous study, which was published in November 2010.

SHLAA 2010

This is the second Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Woking Borough. The 2010 study superseded the previous study, which was published in July 2009.

SHLAA 2009

This is the first Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Woking Borough.

SHLAA methodology

A draft methodology was written for the first SHLAA which set out how the site assessments would be undertaken. Key stakeholders were consulted on this and their comments were taken into account before the final methodology was produced.

The SHLAA methodology has since been updated (July 2017) to reflect the current planning policy context at both a national and local level.

Housing Land Supply Position Statement

The Council has prepared a Housing Land Supply Position Statement for 2016 which can be found alongside previous Statements.