Research, together with monitoring, helps us determine how successful our planning policies are and whether they need updating or replacing. Documents arranged by theme are available to view and download below.
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is one of the key evidence base studies for the new St. Helens Local Plan providing an assessment of how much land is potentially available for housing in the urban areas of the Borough. It forms the basis for understanding the capacity of the Borough’s existing urban areas to accommodate new housing development.In line with national guidance the SHLAA establishes realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the Local Plan period. The SHLAA does not allocate any specific sites or suggest that planning permission be given on them. It is for the emerging Local Plan to decide where new housing should be located.
This is the sixth SHLAA to be prepared for St. Helens, and updates the previous 2016 SHLAA which comprehensively reviewed all conclusions previously reached for sites already within the SHLAA process and assessed new sites. All new sites submitted to the Council by 31st March 2017 have been considered in this update and conclusions updated on existing sites where new information has come to light.
The 2017 SHLAA and accompanying Developability and Large Sites with Planning Permission Plans are available to view and download below:
- St. Helens Council - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2017 Update
- St. Helens Council - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2017 Developability Plan
- St. Helens Council – Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2017 Large Sites With Planning Permission Plan
2016 SHLAA and NLUD
A plan has been prepared showing those sites identified in the '2016 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)' along with other previously developed land identified through the 'St.Helens National Land Use Database of Previously Developed Land (NLUD-PDL) Annual Survey 2011-2012'. This plan, with accompanying site reference tables, is available to view and download below.
Historic NLUD-PDL surveys for St. Helens, are available under the 'Previously Developed Land' drop down section.
The Call for Sites form and Guidance Note are available to download below.
Call For Sites Submissions
Since 2013, as well as suggestions for housing sites in built up areas, we have also accepted suggestions for other uses such as employment, retail, leisure and other significant development, including sites in the Green Belt, and suggestions for sites that should be protected from development. These suggestions are currently being considered as we prepare the new Local Plan.
If you have previously submitted a site for consideration during previous Call for Sites consultations then there is no need to resubmit your site unless you have or additional information to provide.
A map showing the locations of sites submitted as part of Calls for Sites up to 2016 is available to view below. This consolidates all previous submissions under one reference number. Details of individual submissions (with any personal information redacted) are available on request. Please contact the Planning Policy Team.
If you have any further questions please contact us.