West Berkshire Council

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

Identifying potential land for housing in West Berkshire

Please note that the SHLAA will be replaced by the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) as part of the review of our new Local Plan which will cover the period up to 2036.  The HELAA will identify potential sites for new homes, employment and other land uses.  It will show which sites are being promoted for development at a particular time and and will be updated regularly. 

The SHLAA helps in the preparation of the Local Plan by identifying potential sites for new homes.  It shows which sites are being promoted for development at a particular time.

The SHLAA is a technical assessment, not a policy making document. The decisions about how many homes need to be built and where they will be built are taken in the Local Plan.

We updated the SHLAA following a Call for Sites early in 2013.  The SHLAA includes potential housing sites within, and adjacent to, the larger and more sustainable settlements that are included within the settlement hierarchy.  These settlements are where we will be allocating land for new homes in the Local Plan (2006 - 2026).
For more information on the settlement hierarchy, see the adopted Core Strategy.

landscape sensitivity assessment was carried out in 2011 to support the assessments of sites within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that were included in the previous version of the SHLAA. This work should be read in conjunction with the SHLAA.

The SHLAA includes estimates of housing potential on individual sites. These are not based on detailed designs and should not be assumed as acceptable for the purposes of decisions on planning applications.

SHLAA Report, Maps and Site Schedules

pdf icon Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Report: December 2013 [627kb]

Newbury and Thatcham Area

Eastern Area

North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

East Kennet Valley Area


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