Shropshire Council

Strategic Land Availability Assessment

To inform the partial review of the Shropshire Local Plan, a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) (2018) has been produced and is available to download using the following links:

The SLAA is also available as part of the evidence base for the Local Plan Review by following this link.

The Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) is a technical assessment of the suitability; availability; and achievability (including viability) of land for housing and employment development. As such, the SLAA incorporates the process formerly known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The SLAA represents a key component of the evidence base which will support the Shropshire Council Local Plan Review. It will also contribute towards informing Shropshire Council’s approach to the delivery of development, particularly housing and employment development; across Shropshire (all references to Shropshire within this document exclude the Telford and Wrekin Council area).

Please note that while the SLAA is an important technical document, it doesn't allocate land for development or include all locations where future housing and employment growth will occur. The SLAA ultimately provides information which will be investigated further through the plan-making process. 

The base date for the current SLAA is 31 March 2018, sites submitted after this date will be filed for inclusion with a future SLAA. If you'd like to submit land for inclusion in a future SLAA assessment, please complete the site assessment proforma and email it to

Also, to inform the current Local Plan Review, we're currently seeking to finalise our assessment of sites. As such it may not be possible to consider new site promotions submitted after the 31 December 2019 within this assessment of sites. Any site promotions that are not considered within the assessment of sites informing the current Local Plan Review will be filed for inclusion within a future Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA).

The 2014 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The 2014 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) has now been superseded by the 2019 SLAA.

Please Note: The 2014 SHLAA set out information on the availability of land where housing could be developed and provides an informed estimate of how much will be available in the future. It does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development, or where future growth should go. It's the role of the Local Plan to make decisions on the use of land.

The 2014 SHLAA was an update, carried out solely by our officers, building on the initial study by Baker Associates in 2008 and an update in 2009/10. These documents are available to download from this page:

2014 report

2009 report