Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

An updated Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) has been completed to a base-date of 1 April 2017 and is available to download below.

Previous Liverpool SHLAA reports 

2016 report

The SHLAA Update 2016 (April ) Report is available to download below.

2013 report

 The SHLAA Update 2013 Report (September 2014)  is available for download.

2012 report

The Final SHLAA Update 2012 Report (August 2013) is available for download.

2008 report

The original Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Report (base date 2008) was published in March 2010. The 2008 SHLAA Report consists of the following documents.

Purpose of the SHLAA

The City Council has published the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2017 Update as part of the evidence base for the Liverpool Local Plan which was submitted in May 2018 to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for the purposes of independent examination..

The SHLAA is required by national planning policy, set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Without one the City Council’s emerging new planning policy will not be considered sound and may be rejected by the Government and the Planning Inspectorate. Having a SHLAA can also assist the Council in resisting applications for housing development in inappropriate locations. It is able to do this because it shows that the City Council has a very clear five year land supply for new housing.

The SHLAA is also a technical exercise to assess the overall availability of land for housing. It is a supporting document only and not a statement of planning policy.  It definitively does not guarantee planning permission nor imply that the sites identified in it will be brought forward for development.  The decision to allocate sites in the Local Plan or to  grant planning permission is a separate matter which will continue to be made by the City Council.  Anyone who owns land or has the consent of the landowner can make a suggestion for a new site through the SHLAA Call for Sites Form which has also been published.

The SHLAA is to be produced annually, this SHLAA covers the period up to April 2017. The SHLAA contains nearly 1100 sites of some 380  which already have planning permission. A site does not need to be in the SHLAA before it can be put forward for development but if a new site is granted planning permission it will be added to the next SHLAA update.

The majority of sites in the SHLAA do not have planning permission. While some 500 of these are sites which have previously been developed (brownfield) some 200 are greenspaces some of which are owned by the private sector and some by Liverpool City Council. Local authorities are required to assess whether they have land which should be used for development and the SHLAA demonstrates that it has done so.  The only greenspace sites that have been added to the SHLAA since it was last published in 2016 are those put forward by private sector owners and developers.   A list and details of these is also published alongside the SHLAA for comment.

The SHLAA is required to assess sites irrespective of their green or brownfield character, however none of the major parks of Liverpool are assessed in the SHLAA as deliverable or developable sites.  The Mayor of Liverpool has made it clear that Liverpool’s parks are amongst its greatest assets, essential to the City’s health and well-being and a legacy for the future. As well as the SHLAA the Local Plan Evidence base also includes an Open Space study which provides details of Liverpool’s greenspace assets including its parks.

The extent and quality of those assets will be monitored and reviewed and the Local Plan will provide an important means of generating resources, for example though Section 106 agreements, to ensure that legacy can be delivered.

How the 2017 SHLAA Update will be used

The 2017 SHLAA update provides important information about the housing development potential available within the City.

The inclusion of a site in the SHLAA does NOT mean that the Council supports development of the site, that planning permission will be granted for development, or that it will be allocated for development in the emerging or any future Local Plan.

The SHLAA is only a technical exercise to help establish the deliverability and developability of potential sites that could be allocated to meet housing targets in the future.

Existing policies that manage the location of housing development still apply even where a site is identified in the SHLAA.

Housing Market Partnership

Liverpool has established a Housing Market Partnership through the production of previous SHLAA’s and a Strategic Housing Market Assessment.

We are seeking to broaden the range of organisations and increase the number of representatives involved in the Housing Market Partnership.

If you would like further information or would be interested in participating, please  contact us.